Casablanca is a dramatic romance movie that is based in Casablanca, Morocco in the year of 1943 during World War II. Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When a Nazi Major arrives in Casablanca, the police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including holding a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo in custody. To Rick's surprise, Laszlo arrives with Ilsa. Rick's past true love. Ilsa ran out on Rick while in Paris, but during that time she was to believe her true love Victor was dead. Rick is very harsh towards Ilsa, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit.
Throughout the story, it’s a twist of turns and an emotional ride through the love triangle of the main characters. Ilsa struggles between being in love with Rick and being in love with Victor, but in the end, she picks Victor. Rick befriends a fellow named Louis, who was going to be their ticket and plane ride out of Casablanca. But, Ilsa being too loyal to Victor, she chooses to stay in Casablanca with him. At the end of this romance drama, Rick and Louis are seen walking towards the plan as Rick says “Louis, this looks like the start of a great friendship.” while “Les Marillaise” plays in the background.
Although, if you are wanting to watch this movie to learn info on World War II, it isn’t the best movie to. Are the characters and events real? No, Majority of all characters and settings are fictional, and it doesn’t really go into detail on many facts of the true times and what was occurring. There are theories on the characters such as them supposedly meaning to represent countries during the time. For example, Rick Blaine was neutral politically and in other ways like the United States; but it is just a theory overall. But positives about it are that the movie indeed does represent the struggle of sacrifice and could be seen as propaganda for the time of World War II. Using different types of metaphors and symbolism throughout the story to possibly mock countries or portray what was wanted. In the end, Casablanca could be seen as an anti-fascist propaganda which was designed to support U.S. participation in the Allied Forces struggle for global justice. But you would only learn that if you looked deep into the story afterwards. Overall, Casablanca is a very good movie itself, but as a learning movie, it isn’t the strongest.