Rick, Ilsa, and Laszlo: A Closer Look at Characterization in Casablanca -- Bernard J. Paris
The Casablanca characters covered include: Richard "Rick" Blaine, Ilsa Lund, Victor Laszlo, Captain Louis Renault, Major Heinrich Strasser In this way, Rick allows the Brandels to leave Casablanca with their marriage uncorrupted. The relations between Rick, Ilsa, and Laszlo have been much discussed, but I Ugarte, Ferrari, and Captain Renault are all engaged in helping people Ferrari tells him, “It will take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca. A Scene from “Casablanca” – Rick Helps the Bulgarian Couple, from Michael McVey This scene is very efficient in handling Rick's objectives.
He cannot transcend his hurt pride, but he cannot restore it by subverting the cause for which he has fought. If Laszlo is imprisoned or killed, how will Rick live with himself after that?
When she tells Rick how much she loved him, and loves him still, she restores his pride and makes it possible for him to become magnanimous to Laszlo. The film seems to offer two possible scenarios: The first scenario is suggested by the scene between Ilsa and Laszlo just before Ilsa goes to plead for the letters.
Laszlo lets Ilsa know that he sympathizes with her situation in Paris and assures her that he loves her very much. She is asking Laszlo to believe that she loves him no matter what, and he says that he will. The interaction between Laszlo and Ilsa seems to be a variation on the Jan-Annina story, except that Laszlo is not a boy.
He is an idealist but also a man of the world with sophisticated attitudes toward sex and a readiness to accept the harsh realities of life. As we have seen, Ilsa tries several approaches to getting the letters, including threatening Rick with a gun.
Shooting him would not be a good solution, even if she could bring herself to do it, for this would result in her arrest. Now desperate, Ilsa plays her last card by telling Rick that she loves him. This is not the reason she came to see him, of course, and the falsity of the statement suggests that she telling him what she knows he wants to hear.
Another possibility is that Ilsa is sincere about loving Rick and is prepared to abandon Laszlo, provided he will be saved?
That is the impression with which we are left by what happens at the airport.
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Rick agrees to do so and devises a plan to free Laszlo, who has been taken into custody, and to send him off to Lisbon, whence he can depart for America. The only way of integrating them is to see Ilsa as initially trying to manipulate Rick and then really falling for him again. If that is what the film was aiming at, the transition was not made very clear; and the total effect is confusing, I think.
She has already indicated that she initially mistook her veneration of Laszlo for love, and she seems to be more erotically attracted to Rick than she is to her husband. In this scenario, Ilsa is drawn not to the stronger but to the weaker man, a not uncommon phenomenon in the relations between the sexes.
Rick is devastated by what he interprets as her desertion of him for another man.
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By telling Ilsa to go ahead and shoot, Rick is forcing her to choose between himself and Laszlo. It is the needier man who tugs at her emotions, feeds her pride, and wins her emotional support. Like Ilsa, viewers seem to prefer the insecure Rick to the self-confident Laszlo. From the perspective of the audience, perhaps the contest is between a character who seems to be a flesh and blood human being—capable of suffering, error, and redemption—and a quasi-mythical, seemingly invulnerable hero who understands and forgives all.
Many people love Rick, whereas Laszlo has few admirers, despite the fact that he more consistently embodies the values of the film. It restores his sense of potency and worth, not only because it alleviates his sense of rejection, but also because it gives him a competitive triumph over Laszlo, the man whose superiority has been making him feel small. When faced with a decision, Ilsa has chosen him. She had looked up to Laszlo as a great and courageous man who taught her everything she knew.
It is now Rick, not Laszlo, to whom she looks for guidance. He has become the dominant member of the triangle. Rick agrees to think for all of them, and the plan he forms is profoundly influenced by the conversation with Laszlo that immediately follows his scene with Ilsa. We might as well question why we breathe. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.
This is still the cynical Rick who has not yet relinquished his defensive detachment. He explains that he knew there was something between Rick and Ilsa when he saw them together the first evening. When Ferrari says that it will take a miracle to get him out of Casablanca, Laszlo proposes that Ilsa leave without him. She refuses, reminding Laszlo that, despite the danger to himself, he stayed with her when she had trouble getting out of Lille and was sick in Marseilles.
Laszlo replies that he loves her very much we never hear Ilsa declare her love for Laszlo. Many people in this film have been behaving nobly, with Rick as a notable exception so far. He tells Renault that Laszlo can be rearrested on a more serious charge and that he, Rick, will be leaving with Ilsa. In accepting this plan, Renault seems to have forgotten that Rick cannot return to America. Rick tells Ilsa that Laszlo will use one of the letters of transit while they remain together in Casablanca.Casablanca - Rick the Sentimentalist
This could not work, of course, after Rick forces Renault at gun point. Rick and Ilsa are doomed to be star-crossed lovers separated by the craziness of the world in which they live.
Ilsa seems frustrated at first, but things are working out beautifully for Rick. There is no practical way he can have Ilsa, but he no longer seems to need her concrete presence in his life.
Once he feels that she loves him, he can let her go, contenting himself with the memory of what they had in Paris. He can give up his vendetta, which would have destroyed him had he carried it out, and finally be at peace with himself. Instead of being the villain of the piece, he will be the hero.
Ilsa had scorned Rick for thinking only of his own feelings with so much at stake. Now he turns the tables by assuming the morally superior position. It is not he but she who is blinded by personal feeling. He instructs her on the importance of the cause and the necessity of sacrifice: All this is very pride-restoring. It is difficult to know what job Rick has in mind, for his prospect at this point is to be arrested by Renault after the plane departs.
When Laszlo asks if everything is in order, Rick replies that there is something he should know before he leaves. She did her best to convince me that she was still in love with me, but that was all over long ago.
What kind of difference will this misinformation make to Laszlo later on?
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It seems to me that Rick is trying to do something for himself in this scene, rather than something for Laszlo. One of the most interesting characters in film, he is a very complicated guy. In one sense he loses Ilsa again because she leaves with Laszlo, but in another he regains her because they now have Paris once more. By giving her up, moreover, he becomes as noble as Laszlo, if not nobler.
Ilsa and Laszlo are a show couple: He has the qualities of leadership and heroism; he is handsome and she is beautiful; he is committed with passion, she with devotion to him and the cause.
That there is lacking the spark of true romantic love between them seems almost natural, since the Resistance takes such a commanding role for him and his zeal for the cause assumes the stature of the passion of his life. Ilsa seems to accept this fact as the price for loving such a leader. In the end, the film seems to affirm this sacrifice of true love for the greater cause. We can imagine that Laszlo will be content enough with this outcome, and he will continue to pursue his cause with zeal.
Rick has found a new kind of honest relationship with Renault, one that lays all the cards on the table. It is Ilsa who will suffer the most from the deceptions, who will have the nagging conscience and the misgivings.
The film seems to be telling us that Ilsa's sacrifice of Rick's love under these circumstances was the only ending possible given her lack of resolute action in the face of her original dilemma.
Last edited by S. And she looked up to him, worshipped him with a feeling she supposed was love. Hearing their song makes Rick suffer the joy and pain of their time in Paris together, and he bitterly refuses to help her; at the marketplace, she reveals she left him for Laszlo—her husband—which further alienates Rick; unable to shoot Rick, Ilsa reveals what really happened in Paris, breaking through to him with the truth; sending her away, Rick reminisces: We got it back last night.
Her beauty is such that people turn to stare. That was a gross understatement. Influence Character Throughline Synopsis Torn between two lovers, Ilsa is destined to repeat her history.
ILSA Just a two line item in the paper: Sent to concentration camp. For months, I tried to get word. He was dead, shot, trying to escape. Then I met you. Rick asks her why she kept her marriage a secret: Victor wanted it that way. Not even our closest friends knew about our marriage. That was his way of protecting me. By baring her own heart to him and trusting him with her future, Ilsa shows Rick that the gain is worth the pain, and he changes to a loving, giving person again.