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Casablanca help

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Hey everyone,

 

This is a request, ok more like a plea, for help. In my English class I am doing an reasearch paper on how Casablanca affects peoples lives. If you have seen this movie and don't mind answering these questions, they are not personal well...not very, and you do not have to answer all of them. I would appreciate it if you would. Plus on the other side I am new so hello.

 

1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

2) What did you think of it the first time you saw it?

3) The second?

4) more? if you have.

5) What do you think about the cast and characters?

6) How well was the movie written?

7) Was anything funny to you, why?

8) What are some of your favorite lines?

9) What do you think about the ending?

10) Should the ending be different?

11) If you said yes then why?

12) Who is your favorite character, why?

13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech?

14) Woudl you have done what Ilsa/Rick did?

15) Why or why not

16) How has the movie changed your view on old movies?

17) has this movie affected you in anyway?

 

Thank you for your time,

BlcPirate

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No offense but have you viewed Casablanca? I hope you're not scared off by black and white movies, it kinda sounds like it. These questions are quite obvious to answer if you have seen the movie.

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I'll bite and answer #7 the part where Claud Reins and the Germans swarm Rick's place and Rick wants to know why ? and he says I am shocked, shocked that there is gambling going on here and then someone hands Reins his gambling winnings. I am curious did your class watch Casablanca yet?? Is this high school/ College??

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1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

I think that it became more famous, as mentioned often by film fans, because of war situations occurring in Casablanca, that made the name of the film be so prevalent in the minds of viewers when released.

2) What did you think of it the first time you saw it?

Can't remember, I was a toddler.

3) The second?

Then I thought..."Wow, Bogart looked old the first time I saw this, and now he looks lots younger."

4) more? if you have.

I always watch it if on, to see the Paris scenes and the interplay between Rains and Rick.

5) What do you think about the cast and characters?

Perfectly cast Warner's film, and could not be improved upon.

6) How well was the movie written?

I'd say that the script in the hands of other actors might not have been as impressive, but yes...it had a fine script.

7) Was anything funny to you, why?

Only in acerbic ways, like when Rick throws his current femme out of the club.

8) What are some of your favorite lines?

Oh no...don't ask me that. Too corny.

9) What do you think about the ending?

Had to end that way, or how could Bogart be left to say "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"?

10) Should the ending be different?

No, the ending should not be different, unless you want to ruin the picture.

11) If you said yes then why?

Good, I didn't....

12) Who is your favorite character, why?

Conrad Veidt. Because ever since "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" he was a magnificent actor, and the consummate Nazi in films, with Louis Jean Heydt in second place.

13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech?

It's very sardonic.

14) Woudl you have done what Ilsa/Rick did?

Sure, if I were Ilsa it would not be so bad leaving with Paul Henreid. Shoot it could have been someone like George Tobias or Wallace Beery.

15) Why or why not

I'm off the hook on this one.

16) How has the movie changed your view on old movies?

Changed my mind? Why not at all...I already liked old movies.

17) has this movie affected you in anyway?

It affected me by showing Bogart as a romancing Lothario, instead of a John Dillinger type.

 

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Viewing Casablanca affects people because of the story, and those great actors...of course, the theme music helps a lot. It's as simple and complex as that!

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Just so you know I do not have a black and white phobia. Black and white films are my favorite to watch, and Casablanca being my favorite of all time. The reason why these questions are so easy for the fans is becuase they are written for the people I know. They have never seen/heard of Casablanca until I decided to have it as the topic for my paper. And I am in high school.

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I'll try to answer all those questions, even though I don't have complete responses to every one.

 

1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

Perfectly written, acted, directed. Not as daring as I normally like movies.

2) What did you think of it the first time you saw it?

I thought it was good but unremarkable. I've warmed up to it more since.

3) The second?

Sorry, I've only watched it once. I have seen Carrotblanca a couple times.

4) more? if you have.

NA

5) What do you think about the cast and characters?

All very engaging. Some of my favorite actors: Lorre, Rains, Greenstreet, Bois, Veidt.

6) How well was the movie written?

The dialogue was great. It was weaker during the moments where the plot showed through the characterizations.

7) Was anything funny to you, why?

Sure, there was a lot of good comedy.

8) What are some of your favorite lines?

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"

"Your winnings, sir."

"Oh, thank you very much. Everybody out at once!"

9) What do you think about the ending?

It bothered me that nobody showed any concern for what would happen to Sam.

10) Should the ending be different?

No.

11) If you said yes then why?

NA

12) Who is your favorite character, why?

I always like Peter Lorre, but Rains as Renault was probably the most interesting with the best lines.

13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech?

"Hill of beans" is a very dated phrase. Can't decide if that makes it better.

14) Would you have done what Ilsa/Rick did?

It would've been impossible to do anything else, only I wouldn't have made a big speech about it.

15) Why or why not?

"You can't go home again." - Thomas Wolfe

16) How has the movie changed your view on old movies?

Not at all.

17) has this movie affected you in anyway?

Nope.

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Well, anything for a high school paper! :)

 

1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

A very wonderful romantic drama

2) What did you think of it the first time you saw it?

As a teenager, I thought it was boring and about war issues I didn't understand. I couldn't even get past the beginning.

3) The second? The second time I gave it a shot very recently, I now understood the underlying war issues easily, and got their significance, and the movies romance now became evident to me.

4) more? if you have. Now I have seen it a few times, I love all the movie lines ( so, that's where that saying came from!)and I enjoy the sadness and self-sacrifice. I enjoy it as a romance movie.

5) What do you think about the cast and characters? I love Bogie, he is so hard shelles, but soft inside like the frienly and affable Claude Rains suspects. Bergman is beautiful and tragic, Lorre is a little weasle as usual. Well cast.

6) How well was the movie written?I am not really good at judging a script, but I know what I like. I love the story of Casablanca.

7) Was anything funny to you, why? Rick's refusal to join his customers and their somewhat indignance, of course Claude Rains' line about being shocked at gambling, also at the end about the "beautiful friendship" after what just happened was funny.

8) What are some of your favorite lines? " Of all the gin joints, in all the countries, in all the world, she walked into mine" or something like that.

9) What do you think about the ending? Self-sacrifice was stressed in general in the era Casablanca was made- so that had to be the ending. The "greater good" won out. It wouldn't be as tragic or memorable any other way. But Bogie had a consolation prize- Claude Rains.

10) Should the ending be different?No, not as dramatic.We would all want Romeo and Juliette to live too and have kids, but then would anyone remember that play?

11) If you said yes then why? N/A

12) Who is your favorite character, why? Bogie- you get a look into his thinking and memories more than any character.

13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech? A lot of chin-up do the right thing- essential for that moment- typical for the time.

14) Would you have done what Ilsa/Rick did? Yes

15) Why or why not?The men are both hunks- tough choice- but since one is MY HUSBAND, he'd get the upper hand and I would be on the plane

16) How has the movie changed your view on old movies? Taught me to give movies I didn't like as ateenager a definite second look!

17) has this movie affected you in anyway? Just that now I love it, and whenver it comes on TCM I need to be watching it.

I hope this helped- Good Luck on your paper.

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> 1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

 

A brilliant and witty war film. The romance elements have never moved me that much. Love the ambiance and the cast though.

 

> 2) What did you think of it the first time you saw

> it?

 

I liked it right off the bat. Thought Bogart was the coolest actor ever.

 

> 3) The second?

 

The same as the first.

 

> 4) more? if you have.

 

See above. The only thing I can add is that I became more attuned that the film is a kind of propaganda film, though not in a bad way.

 

> 5) What do you think about the cast and characters?

 

Brilliantly cast almost all the way down the line. The only bad casting was the girl with the the husband whose losing too much a roulette. I think she is supposed to be Czech or something, but she so obviously American that I find it impossible to suspend disbelief when she shows up. I know it's a small issue, but it has always bothered me.

 

> 6) How well was the movie written?

 

Very well. The plot may be a little bit mechanical. The dialogue is the best thing. Maybe it would have improved things if they'd written Victor Lazlo as a little more human.

 

> 7) Was anything funny to you, why?

 

Many things. The dialogue, especially Renault's lines, but also a lot of Bogart's.

 

> 8) What are some of your favorite lines?

 

The following exchange:

 

Louis: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Louis: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

 

It's Bogarts world-weary don't-ask-questions manner that makes it funny.

 

> 9) What do you think about the ending?

 

The only ending possible considering that it's a film promoting self-sacrifice in service of the war effort.

 

> 10) Should the ending be different?

 

No.

 

> 11) If you said yes then why?

N/A

 

> 12) Who is your favorite character, why?

 

Rick. The coolness factor and the cynical veneer that hides an idealistic romantic.

 

> 13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech?

 

It's okay. It's really kind of condescending of him to tell Ilsa that "someday you'll understand that" when she's already done a lot of self-sacrifice herself.

 

> 14) Woudl you have done what Ilsa/Rick did?

 

Don't know. I hope so.

 

> 15) Why or why not

N/A.

 

> 16) How has the movie changed your view on old

> movies?

 

No, I always liked them.

 

> 17) has this movie affected you in anyway?

 

Aside from entertaining me, I don't think so.

 

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1) what is your overall opinion about Casablanca?

The complete package: Cast, story, direction,

and look.

2) What did you think of it the first time you saw it?

I became a Bogart fan

3) The second?

now I know why I became a Bogart fan

4) more? if you have.

Great film

5) What do you think about the cast and characters?

One of the best casts and the characters they played

6) How well was the movie written?

very

7) Was anything funny to you, why?

yes, Bogart & Rains

8) What are some of your favorite lines?

All the famous ones

9) What do you think about the ending?

Perfect

10) Should the ending be different?

no

11) If you said yes then why?

12) Who is your favorite character, why?

Rick

13) What do you think of Ricks farewell speech?

okay

14) Would you have done what Ilsa/Rick did?

Not sure, probably yes

15) Why or why not

It's the only way to get that great ending.

16) How has the movie changed your view on old movies?

It hasn't

17) has this movie affected you in anyway?

no

 

 

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