Lab Questions
The film  Casablanca  was released during World War II in 1942. Some have argued that some of the themes and plot points of the film can be read as propaganda. Do you agree or disagree? Does  Casablanca  have a political message? 

I disagree because the movie created to be some kind of entertainment for the audience to see. The movie did not come out in World War II. It has some references and conflicts.

In the scene where Ilsa tries to get Rick to give her the papers, there are several shots that focus on Ilsa as she tells Rick the truth about Paris (time code 1:23: 27). Describe the technical aspects (lighting, focus, camera angle, and so on) the filmmaker chose to use when creating the close-ups of Ilsa . What effects do these technical aspects have? How do they contribute to the progression of Ilsa's character?

The lighting that ap pears close up to Ilsa's face show s the different emotions she is starting to have feeling s for . Then, a lot of light that appears on Ilsa's face shows tha t she is innocent and that she loves Rick. Meanw hile , some light on her face shows s he is confused on the situations that was going on.

Why do you think Captain Renault doesn't arrest Rick at the end of the movie (time code 1:40:30)? How might an audience in 1942 have interpreted this action given the nationalities of the characters and the political situation at the time?

I think Captain Renault doesn't arrest Rick at the end of the movie (time code 1:40:30) because the director probably wanted to end the movie on a positive note or rating for the audience who is going through the tough and difficult times of World War II. The ending of the movie can give them hope of everything being okay.

The film shows many different competing and conflicting motivations in the characters. Consider the characters and their motivations. Are all the characters able to achieve their goals? Why or why not? Do the representations of competing motivations, repressing what one wants, and the consequences of actions accurately illustrate the historical context of World War II? Why or why not?

Some of the characters achieve their goals. Rick achieve his when he did not get arrested and later became a free man. Ilsa did not achieve her goal because she wanted to be with Rick, but he did not want that. T he representations of competing motivations, repressing what one wants, and the consequences of actions does accurately illustrate the historical context of World War II . It does because it shows what happened in Casablanca back when the war started. It could relate to what
happen to the people and place.
Casablanca  is often considered to be one of the top films to have ever been produced. What merits does the film have that would give it this status? 

The movies appear to be historically accurate and very timely with the current events. It had a very good plot and acting.

Imagine you are creating a stage version of this play/film. How would you handle the ending scene at the airport with the characters of Rick, Renault, and Strausser in terms of character movement and direction (time code 1:39:55)? What directions would you give the actors (think about body language, pantomime, blocking, staging, design elements, characterization, subtext, and physical characterization) for the scene in which Rick stops Strausser from making the phone call?

I would have Strausser walk swiftly towards the phone and pick it up forcefully when he a sks to speak with the tower. Then, Rick stops him from making the phone call. I would have Renault stand off t o the side worrying about the fact that Rick would kill him and then Rick stands with the gun held out in front of him as he warns and tells Strausser not to make the call. I would then have Renault take a step back and Rick kills Strausser . Then I would have both Rick and Renault have a surprised look as the police appears take s the body away.