History Film / Casablanca

21st Feb '18 10:10:06 PM Shaorai217
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* CrapsackWorld: The movie is more lighthearted about it than most, but it's there. Casablanca is filled with refugees fleeing from war zones or fascist police states, who are now targeted by all sorts of people seeking to exploit them. Leaving for a better place isn't ''impossible,'' but involves either a prohibitive cost that most refugees can't afford (and they often impoverish themselves further by trying to win the money through gambling), or, if you're a young attractive woman, sleeping with the local DirtyCop. Organized crime thrives and the authorities are openly corrupt, with even the protagonist having to pay bribes to keep operating. The police shoots people in broad daylight and routinely rounds up large numbers of designated suspects simply for the pretense of efficiency. And all this is ''before'' the Nazis show up and start breathing down everyone's neck.

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* CrapsackWorld: The movie is more lighthearted about it than most, but it's there. Casablanca is filled with refugees fleeing from war zones or fascist police states, who are now targeted by all sorts of people seeking to exploit them. Leaving for a better place isn't ''impossible,'' but involves either a prohibitive cost that most refugees can't afford (and they often impoverish themselves further by trying to win the money through gambling), or, if you're a young attractive woman, sleeping with the local DirtyCop. Organized crime thrives and the authorities are openly corrupt, with even the protagonist having to pay bribes to keep operating. The police shoots people in broad daylight and routinely rounds up large numbers of designated suspects simply for the pretense of efficiency. And all this is ''before'' the Nazis show up and start breathing down everyone's neck.necks.
1st Feb '18 6:53:57 PM Josef5678
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: A sequel, ''Brazzaville'', was planned but not realized: Rick and Louis have joined in the [[LaResistance French Resistance]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Played with: Louis throws an empty Vichy water bottle in the trash bin.
1st Feb '18 10:48:02 AM morane
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: A sequel, ''Brazzaville'', was planned but not realized: Rick and Louis have joined in the [[LaResistance French Resistance]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Played with: Louis throws an empty Vichy water bottle in the trash bin.
30th Jan '18 3:05:42 AM jormis29
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This 1942 Creator/WarnerBros film featured a screenplay by Howard Koch, based on an unproduced play, ''Everybody Comes to Rick's'', by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison; this screenplay was in turn enhanced by the brilliant dialogue of the brothers Julius and Philip Epstein. The film was handed over to ace director Creator/MichaelCurtiz, and the respected film composer Music/MaxSteiner provided the score. Early studio press releases had it that the film would star UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and Ann Sheridan -- but this was just the studio's publicity department needing to put ''someone'' famous's name in the release, otherwise the announcement wouldn't get printed (they picked Reagan and Sheridan because it gave them an extra chance to remind audiences about ''Film/KingsRow''). George Raft also made a play for the lead role, but the studio had ''always'' planned the film as an A-list picture and had never considered ''anyone'' but Creator/HumphreyBogart for its starring role.

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This 1942 Creator/WarnerBros film featured a screenplay by Howard Koch, based on an unproduced play, ''Everybody Comes to Rick's'', by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison; this screenplay was in turn enhanced by the brilliant dialogue of the brothers Julius and Philip Epstein. The film was handed over to ace director Creator/MichaelCurtiz, and the respected film composer Music/MaxSteiner provided the score. Early studio press releases had it that the film would star UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and Ann Sheridan Creator/AnnSheridan -- but this was just the studio's publicity department needing to put ''someone'' famous's name in the release, otherwise the announcement wouldn't get printed (they picked Reagan and Sheridan because it gave them an extra chance to remind audiences about ''Film/KingsRow''). George Raft also made a play for the lead role, but the studio had ''always'' planned the film as an A-list picture and had never considered ''anyone'' but Creator/HumphreyBogart for its starring role.
8th Dec '17 9:34:17 AM DocWildNole
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* DeadpanSnarker: Several, most notably Capt. Renault and Rick, who engage in glorious SnarkToSnarkCombat, resulting in a movie with some of the snappiest dialogue in film history.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Several, It would almost be easier to list the speaking characters who aren't. Even Victor has his moments, both on the same subject and both verging on BlackHumor as well: "In a concentration camp, one is apt to lose a little weight," and "I was in a German concentration camp for a year. That's honor enough for a lifetime." Of course, most notably Capt. Renault and Rick, who engage in Rick: their glorious SnarkToSnarkCombat, resulting SnarkToSnarkCombat resulted in a movie with some of the snappiest dialogue in film history.



* ForcedPerspective: That plane, with the maintenance crew working on it? A scale model, and midgets. A cheap cardboard scale model, at that. The scene's fog, in addition to being atmospheric, was used to hide how fake the plane looked.

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* ForcedPerspective: That plane, with the maintenance crew working on it? A scale model, and midgets. A cheap cardboard scale model, at that. The scene's fog, in addition to being atmospheric, was used to hide how fake the plane looked. A case of RealLifeWritesThePlot: by the time production began, the U.S. had been drawn into World War II, and things like real planes were at a premium.



** During the first night of Ilsa's return into his life, Rick asks Sam about the time and day as though to commemorate the moment. The conversation reveals the film is happening on the week before the Pearl Harbor attack, making Rick's drunken comments about "America being asleep" potent.

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** During the first night of Ilsa's return into his life, Rick asks Sam about the time and day as though to commemorate the moment. The conversation reveals underscores that the film is happening on in the week before the Pearl Harbor attack, making Rick's drunken comments about "America being asleep" potent.



* HeroicNeutral: Rick, since he represents America at the beginning of World War II. His idealistic younger self fought alongside those resisting fascism, but the expansion of Axis authority and being suddenly abandoned by the love of his life made him cynical and apathetic. He doesn't take sides with the Vichy authorities, the Nazis or the resistance, until the plot of the film awakens the hero within. The German major, equipped with a full dossier on Rick, is smart enough to be aware of this that he doesn't attempt to convert Rick, just keep him neutral. It doesn't work.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rick and Sam. At the end, it may be that Rick and Louis will be heterosexual life partners, as Sam is staying in Casablanca, and the other two are going to Brazzaville to fight Nazis.

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* HeroicNeutral: Rick, since he represents America at the beginning of World War II. His idealistic younger self fought alongside those resisting fascism, but the expansion of Axis authority and being suddenly abandoned by the love of his life made him cynical and apathetic. He doesn't take sides with the Vichy authorities, the Nazis or the resistance, until the plot of the film awakens the hero within. The German major, Major Strasser, equipped with a "a full dossier dossier" on Rick, is smart enough to be aware of this that he doesn't attempt to convert Rick, just keep him neutral. It doesn't work.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Rick and Sam. At the end, it may be that Rick and Louis will be heterosexual life partners, as Sam is (probably) staying in Casablanca, and the other two are going to Brazzaville to fight Nazis.



* ImplausibleDeniability: Insisting that the roulette game isn't rigged. After Rick blatantly gives instructions to the spinner and the same number comes up twice in a row.

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* ImplausibleDeniability: Insisting that the roulette game isn't rigged. After Rick blatantly gives instructions to the spinner roulette croupier and the same number comes up twice in a row.row, Karl answers a customer's reasonable questioning of the casino's honesty with, "Honest? As honest as the day is long!" (Also HypocriticalHumor, since Karl knows what happened as well as anyone.)



-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."

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-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, "Why, I don't do not know, because it can't possible cannot possibly profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."



* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Lazlow in person.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Rick tells Ilsa that he'd rather see the world burn, but the glibness subsides when he meets Lazlow Lazlo in person.



* PercussivePickpocket: Used for a BrickJoke. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.

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* PercussivePickpocket: Used for a BrickJoke. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket (really) accidentally bumps into one of the main characters, Karl, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.



* ThePowerOfRock: Victor Laszlo overhears ThoseWackyNazis singing a patriotic (and anti-French) German song around the piano, goes over to the band, and gets them to play "La Marseillaise", with Rick's approval. The entire bar joins in, drowning out the Germans and emphasizing the passionate political undertones of the refugees and is the beginning of Rick's redemption.
* ProperlyParanoid: Karl, after the slightest contact with the "vultures everywhere" pickpocket, checks himself thoroughly for his valuables.

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* ThePowerOfRock: Victor Laszlo overhears ThoseWackyNazis singing a patriotic (and anti-French) German song around the piano, goes over to the band, and gets them to play "La Marseillaise", with Rick's approval. The entire bar joins in, drowning out the Germans and emphasizing the passionate political undertones of the refugees and is the beginning of Rick's redemption.
refugees.
* ProperlyParanoid: Karl, after the slightest contact with the "vultures everywhere" pickpocket, checks himself thoroughly for his valuables. Also Laszlo: when Ferrari points out that he and Lisa are being followed, Victor smiles, "Of course; it becomes an instinct."



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Rick and Ilsa start talking, Sam immediately packs up the piano and slips away. In fact he flees the scene like the club has caught fire.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Rick and Ilsa start talking, talking the first time, Sam immediately packs up the piano and slips away. In fact he flees the scene like the club has caught fire.
8th Dec '17 9:08:54 AM DocWildNole
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** When Ilsa meets a drunken Rick after the bar is closed, his line about having heard lots of stories while a "tinny piano" plays downstairs is subtly referencing a brothel, implying the storytellers are prostitutes.

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** When Ilsa meets a drunken Rick after the bar is closed, his line about having heard lots of stories while a "tinny piano" plays downstairs is subtly referencing a brothel, implying the storytellers are prostitutes. (The more direct reference, of course, is Sam's playing at La Belle Aurore.)



** Yvonne counts as well, in addition to foreshadowing Rick's behavior. She's had sex with, at the very least, Rick and Louis.

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** Louis and Rick's snark at Yvonne counts as well, in addition well:
-->'''Rick''': So Yvonne's gone over
to foreshadowing Rick's behavior. She's had sex with, at the very least, Rick and Louis.enemy.
-->'''Louis''': Who knows? In her own way she may constitute an entire second front.
8th Dec '17 9:02:41 AM DocWildNole
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** During the first night of Ilsa's return into his life, Rick asks Sam about the time and day as though to commemorate the moment. The conversation reveals the film is happening on the weekend of the Pearl Harbor attack, making Rick's drunken comments about "America being asleep" potent.

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** During the first night of Ilsa's return into his life, Rick asks Sam about the time and day as though to commemorate the moment. The conversation reveals the film is happening on the weekend of week before the Pearl Harbor attack, making Rick's drunken comments about "America being asleep" potent.
8th Dec '17 8:55:31 AM DocWildNole
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** "[[DramaticIrony It's December 1941 and all of America is asleep...]]". From the date on the marker Rick signs at the very beginning, the movie begins on December 2, 1941, and ends on December 5, 1941.

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** "[[DramaticIrony It's If it's December 1941 and all of America in Casablanca, what time is asleep...]]".it in New York?]]". From the date on the marker Rick signs at the very beginning, the movie begins on December 2, 1941, and ends on December 5, 1941.
3rd Dec '17 12:42:59 AM nero666
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* AdatationalAlternateEnding: In the original play, Rick is arrested and sent to a concentration camp at the end. In the film, he befriends Louis and they go off to fight Nazis together.

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* AdatationalAlternateEnding: AdaptationalAlternateEnding: In the original play, Rick is arrested and sent to a concentration camp at the end. In the film, he befriends Louis and they go off to fight Nazis together.
30th Nov '17 6:27:40 PM Mdumas43073
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Not to be confused with the poem {{Literature/Casabianca}}.

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Not to be confused with the poem {{Literature/Casabianca}}.''{{Literature/Casabianca}}''.
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