Casablanca: A Classic Hollywood Film with
an Un-Classic Ending
Along with Gone with the Wind and Citizen Kane, Casablanca is probably the greatest example of
the classic Hollywood film. Shot entirely on Hollywood sets, using studio actors, directors, and
F U L L T I T L E Casablanca
D I R E C T O R Michael Curtiz
L E A D I N G A C T O R S / A C T R E S S E S Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Heinreid
S U P P O R T I N G A C T O R S / A C T R E S S E S Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Green
Analysis of Major Characters
Rick Blaine, the cynical owner of Rick's Caf Americain, often appears too jaded to be impressed or
moved by anyone. He refuses to accept drinks from customers, treats his lover Yvonne without
affection or respect,
Richard "Rick" Blaine Played by Humphrey Bogart
The owner of Rick's Caf Americain and the film's protagonist. When we first meet Rick, he is a
jaded bar owner in Casablanca who wears a dour expression as he drinks and plays chess alone.
The director of Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in the late 1 8 0 0 s. He
began making films there in 1 9 1 2 , but left Hungary in 1 9 1 9 because of political unrest. After leaving
Hungary, he became a prolific filmmak
Important Quotations Explained
You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.
And when two lovers woo
They still say, 'I love you.'
On that you can rely
No matter what the future bring
Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
The Difficulty of Neutrality
In love and in war, neutrality is difficult for Rick, Ilsa, and Louis to maintain. Rick makes a point of not
being involved in politics. He refuses to discuss the war, shuts up Carl's attempt
Casablanca is an exploration of the universal themes of love and sacrifice, but when the film was
released in 1 9 4 2 , audiences viewed it as a political allegory about World War II. The film is set in
December 1 9 4 1 , the month in w
Casablanca is a tale of two songs. The first song, "La Marseillaise," is the French national anthem,
written during the era of the French Revolution about fighting for freedom from political repression.
In Casablanca, it represents a free Franc
The film opens with an image of a spinning globe and the sounds of "La Marseillaise," the French
national anthem. A voiceover explains the significance of the city of Casablanca, in French-ruled
Morocco. During World War II, many people wante