Hungarian-American director, actor, and writer Written By: See Article History Alternative Titles: After making his stage debut in Budapest inhe acted in and may have directed stage plays before starring in and perhaps directing the first feature film released by the nascent Hungarian film industry, Today and Tomorrow
Humphrey Bogart became a mega-star following his iconic portrayal of the cynical, drunken anti-hero Rick Blaine in Casablanca — a story of romance and the perils of neutrality in the face of Fascism.
Here at Fan With a Movie Yammer we are right smack in the middle of a huge run of American films, a situation that is largely the result of much of the world in the early s having been an active war zone or under the control of autocratic governments that stifled the arts.
The United States finally entered the fray in late with troops and weapons, but also with cultural products aimed at boosting morale at home, supporting its allies, and vilifying its enemies. The unproduced play upon which Casablanca is based landed at Warner Bros.
But out of this chaotic process a gaggle of screenwriters somehow managed to capture lightning in a bottle. As you probably already know, Casablanca is the story of an American nightclub owner in Morocco who has to struggle between conscience and desire when his former love re-enters his life.
The film is often thought of as a classic romancebut in many ways it is really more about its setting — a world of refugees and ruthless oppressors that must be set right, no matter the sacrifice.
The humour is what struck me most about this film, it is effectively used to draw the viewer into what is a very complex and unusual environment.
Suddenly the character with the unusual accent seems like a guy you can relate to after he has made you grin. There are so many witty exchanges frequently with a delivery that is superbly drybut it is the black humour of people who know they are trapped.
It is evident that Rick operates on a different level to everyone else, comfortable to profit from the sea of desperation surrounding him but showing no ambition to escape himself.
All very mysterious, until a certain someone walks into his gin joint and the pieces begin to fall into place.
|Casablanca (film) - Wikipedia||It begins with a Rick reaction shot. He is shown staring off into the distance with watery eyes, reacting to the diegetic piano tune.|
|Ticklish Business||Some critics felt the story was equivalent to actual events then taking place in Europe, describing it as a "thinly veiled diatribe against American isolationism on World War II 's brink. The parallel of the dreams of empire indulged in by King Philip of Spain and those apparently momentarily enjoyed by Hitler is so obvious that it will not escape detection even by the youngest film follower who reads his newspaper and goes to see the film|
Casablanca is a long-standing favorite of mine, a movie that I can watch any old time and be sure to enjoy myself. You mentioned that it manages to weave humor, action, and romance together, but what amazes me is that it manages to be all those movies at the same time.
One of the things that I struggle with when it comes to Bollywood cinema is that Indian films tend to try to be everything, cramming way too much into a single movie — and then making it a musical too. And I agree that this is particularly true of the humor, which runs the gamut from sarcastic and provoking to downright silly, but always serves the characters and the mood of the film.
And the dialogue is sparkling throughout. Ingrid Bergman gets a few lines that are perhaps a bit on the insipid side, but in general every character is served excellently by the script.
Any discussion involving either character is pretty much guaranteed to be great, but I think the film is at its best when Bogart and Rains are acting against each other.
Their talks are just swimming with subtext and the unsaid, but both characters get each other so completely that the audience is somehow transported right into the politics and inside jokes of the situation without ever being preached at or condescended to. For all its fame, Casablanca contains few really memorable images, instead living on through its excellent script and performances.
A man hands a slip to an unseen gentleman; the unseen man signs the paper with bold, forceful stroke; a cut is made to the cigarettes and booze upon the table; and then the slowly pans up to show Rick absorbed in a solo game of chess. Everything you need to know about the character is right there without a word spoken.
Renault does double-duty acting as a the prime example of the casual corruption of life in the border lands and also provides a running commentary to paint a picture of the Casablanca version of the mysterious loner Rick.
I would argue that you can add buddy-flick to the genres we have already listed. They have a rapport born out of them both being willing to take advantage of what they acknowledge to be a despicable situation and in true Hollywood style the banter flows freely.
This is possibly for the best given that his main vice seems to involve taking advantage of vulnerable and desperate young women. Both of these flawed men do get a shot at redemption, which is the true payoff of the film rather than the guy getting the girl.
Renault is by all rights a terrible person, but strangely impossible to dislike. It is a confident performance, perhaps the finest in a film full of great performances. Renault uses his position to take advantage of refugees looking for an exit visa to head to Lisbon and on to America, and as it happens, the vast majority of the cast are European actors who have fled the Nazis.
It also means that top rate European actors that would have been stars in their respective countries can be utilized here for bit parts. Ugarte supposedly has come across papers of transit signed by General Charles de Gaulle that cannot be questioned and must allow the bearer to pass.
OK, sounds good, except that de Gaulle was the head of the Free French and would have no authority in a Casablanca controlled by the Nazi-puppet government of Vichy.
Peter Lorre only has a couple of minutes of screen time but he makes every second count, putting in a twitchy, nervous performance that is key to selling the audience on the importance of the transit papers that set the whole plot in motion.Directed by Michael Curtiz These notes accompany the screenings of Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca on June 1, 2, and 3 in Theater 1.
In a recent Internet posting, the Writers Guild of America chose Casablanca as the greatest screenplay of all time. Dec 09, · Watch video · Directed by Michael Curtiz.
With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in /10(K). Casablanca is a American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's.
The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid ; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Sep 19, · Michael Curtiz’s wonderfully uses sound to highlight political tension and captivate viewers and enhance the overall viewing experience of his classic, Casablanca.
The film takes place at the very beginning of the second World War, after the Germans have invaded France. Casablanca(From left) Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (), directed by Michael Curtiz.© Warner Brothers, Inc.; photograph from a private collection That evening, Laszlo unsuccessfully beseeches Rick to surrender the letters, and later, after.
Exploring the Literary Genre of ‘Casablanca’ by Michael Curtiz. ‘Casablanca’ is a melodrama; a war move that explores of the universal themes of love and sacrifice, but when the film was released in , audiences viewed it .