is a classic 1942 American romantic film that has stood the test oftime. During its production, it appeared similar to other romanticfilms that Hollywood releases each year. However, the Warner Bros.film is an unsurpassed magnum opus and may be Hollywood’s idealportrayal of romance and love. The movie’s qualities have improvedpositively over time. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart contributedcareer-defining performances that have allowed the film to rankalmost the top ten best films of all times (Crowther 1).
Almostevery component in the film helps it to become a favorite to everyaudience- the cast the story, the direction, and the dialog- and thefinal masterpiece is a movie that has been 97% in Tamotometer.According to the Rotten Tomatoes, 95% of the audience likes the film,and its average rating is 4.1/5 (RottenTomatoes 1).
Thecasting happens at the thrilling backdrop of a stylish café locatedbehind a North African Port, which is full of fleeing Europeansrefugees, connivers, and crooks. As usual, the Warner Bros narrates amoving, rich, exciting, and suave tale in their high normal traditionthat involves hard-boiled and romantic-adventure approach (Crowther1). To top it all, the cast is composed of top-notch thriller starssuch as Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, IngridBergman, Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veldt, Claude Rains, and DooleyWilson.
RickBlaine (Humphrey Bogart) effectively portrays a cynical character. Heappears exhausted with everything to the extent that he appearsunmoved by anyone or anything. However, despite indifference andbitterness, he has an alluring nature. Initially, he prefers torefrain from engaging in the war by assuming a neutral position. Thisenables him to host both loyalists and oppositionist of the fascistregime. On several occasions he states, "Istick my neck out for nobody (Paris1)." However, his behavior character of avoiding politics raisessome form of danger. It emerges out later that Blaine sympathizedwith the allies. For example, he is unhappy that the corrupt Urgateovercharges the refugees to give them exit visa. In addition, hedenies a Deutsche Bank senior member entry into the backroom.Throughout the movie, he successfully transforms from a neutral partyto a supporter of the allies in a gradual and realistic way (Crowther1).
Ilsaand Blaine help to bring out Blaine’s cynical attitude successfullyat the climactic scene where she goes to appeal the last time for theletters. However, Blaine refuses to give the letters because he isbitter that Ilsa refused to marry him so that she could be withLaszlo. She bursts with fury, tormenting Blaime, "Youwant to feel sorry for yourself, don’t you? With so much at stake,all you can think of is your own feeling. One woman has hurt you, andyou take your revenge on the rest of the world(Paris 1)." However, the bitter challenge from his former loverdoes not affect his indifferent, childishly egocentric, and bitterattitude towards Ilsa and Laszlo. His unrelenting bitterness andmemory of the broken love has affected him so much such that evenafter Ilsa pulls out her gun as a last attempt to compel him to giveher the letters, he does not give in. Instead, he challenges, "IfLaszlo and the cause mean so much to you, you won’t stop atanything . . . .Go ahead and shoot. You’ll be doing me a favor(Paris1)."
Insummary, contains numerous components designed to enhanceits special effects. For example, shadow bars have been used toillustrate emotional turmoil, imprisonment, and presence of FreeFrench Forces. The movie has successfully integrated the lighting andshadows, as well as the fluid camera function as means for using theenvironment as part of the framing device.
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Crowther,Bosley, “`,` With Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, atHollywood — `White Cargo` and `Ravaged Earth` Open.” NewYork Times.Published: November 27, 1942.
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