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Casablanca
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Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film. Set during World War ,it focus on a man torn between love and virtue. He must choose between his love for a woman and helping her husband Czech Resistance leader escape from the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca.

Rick Blaine is a cynical American expatriates living in Casablanca in early December 1941.He owns and runs Rick’s Café Américain”.Although Rick professes to be neutral and in all matters, it is later revealed he ran guns to Ethiopia to combat the 1935 Italian invasion and fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.

 

Ugarte, a criminal , arrives in Rick’s club with “letters of transit” obtained through the murder of two German couriers. The papers allow the bearer to travel freely around German-controlled Europe and to neutral Portugal ,and from there to America. Ugarte plans to sell them to the highest bidder, who is due to arrive at the club that night. Before the exchanged can take place ,Ugarte is arrested by the local police under the command of Captain Louis Renault. Ugarte dies in police custody without revealing that he had entrusted the letters to Rick.

 

At this point ,the reason for Rick’s bitterness re-enters his life. His ex-lover , Norwegian Ilsa Lund ,walks into his establishment. Upon seeing the house pianist, Sam ,Ilsa asks him to play “As Time Goes By”. When Rick comes back, he is shocked to see Ilsa. She is accompanied by her husband ,Victor Laszlo, a fugitive Czech Resistance leader who has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. The couple need the letters to leave for America to continue his work.

 

When Laszlo makes inquiries with Signor Ferrari, a major figure in the criminal underworld and Rick’s friendly business rival, Ferrari divulges his suspicion that Rick has the letters. Laszlo meets with Rick privately, but Rick refuses to part with the documents, telling Laszlo to ask his wife for the reaon.

 

Major strasser has has Renault close the club. That night , Ilsa confronts Rick in the deserted café. When he refuses to give her the letters, she threatens him with a gun, but then confess that she still loves him. She explained that when they first met and fell in love in Paris, she believed that her husband has been killed attempting to escaped from the concentration camp. Later while preparing to flee with Rick from the imminent fall of the city to the Germany army, she learned that Laszlo was in fact alive and in hiding. She left Rick without explanation to tend to her ill husband.

 

With the revelation, the lovers are reconciled. Rick agrees to help. When Laszlo unexpectedly shows up, the two men talk.

 

Laszlo reveals he is aware of Rick’s love for Ilsa and tries to persuade him to use the latters to take her to safety. When the police arrest Laszlo on a minor, trumped-up charge, Rick convinces Renault to release him by promising to set him up for a much more serious crime: possession of the letters of transit. To allay Renault’s suspicions ,Rick explains he and Ilsa will be leaving for American.

 

When Renault tries to arrest Laszlo as arranged , Rick forces him at gunpoint to arrest in their escape. Major Strasser ,tipped off by Renault , drives up alone. Rick shoots him when he tries to intervene. Unexpectedly ,Renault turns to help Rick and suggests him to join the Free French at Brazzaville. Then they walk off into the fog together.

Cynical 愤世嫉俗的

Neutral中立的

Courier情报员

Underworld黑社会

Divulge泄露

Trumped-up捏造的     

             

Edited by sherry(冯露)

                  

 
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