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I don't think it is about being "liberal" so much as having "democratic" beliefs. To say someone is democratic means they believe in equal representation. By calling Renault a "true democrat", Rick is saying that Renault is indiscriminate with his choice of women. All women are equal in his eyes, not politically but sexually. Renault doesn't have a type, he'...


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In the script, the scene plays out as follows: Renault walks inside the hangar, picks up a bottle of Vichy water, and opens it. Renault: Well, Rick, you're not only a sentimentalist, but you've become a patriot. Rick: Maybe, but it seemed like a good time to start. Renault: I think perhaps you're right. As he quickly pours the water ...


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Having just found GradeSaver, a cool resource for quote analysis, the entire quote is I've heard a lot of stories in my time. They went along with the sound of a tinny piano in the parlor downstairs. 'Mister, I met a man once when I was only a kid,' they'd always begin. The line was classified as a "quite a definite reference to a bawdy house", or a ...


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This has absolutely nothing to do with the American political party of that name. Here, democrat (and not Democrat) is used in its regular meaning (either 1, or more likely, 2 of the definitions below): an advocate of democracy. a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people. (initial capital letter) Politics. a member of ...


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Ugarte was in a shady business, hence his "friends" were also likely shady characters. He couldn't trust them, because these friendships would not survive the temptation of profiting from the letters of transit. Since Rick showed such clear disdain for him and his line of work, Ugarte reasoned Rick would not steal from him. The thinking being, if Rick ...


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I think the ambiguity concerning whether Ilsa is really in love with Rick or with Laszlo is one of the elements that makes Casablanca such a timeless classic. Ingrid Bergman's performance convinced me that she was in love with both of them. Watch her in scenes with Paul Henreid (Laszlo) and you can see what looks like genuine adoration on her face. But ...


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It's the Cross of Lorraine The screenplay/script confirms it.. Carefully lifting up the stone, he reveals... INSERT: a gold plate in the setting underneath, an impression of the Lorraine Cross of General DeGaulle. Google Image Search for various versions. The Cross of Lorraine (French: Croix de Lorraine) was originally a heraldic cross. The two-...


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Rick and Ilsa used to be lovers in the past. Rick: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine and Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we'd lost it, until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night. Furthermore, Rick was still "carrying the torch" for Ilsa, as he had forbidden Sam (his pianist) to ...


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The "answer" is physical passion as a way of forgetting both personal and global troubles. The sexual bond between Ilsa and Rick is alluded to several times in the movie, and is the primary obstacle that must be transcended for them to embrace the moral choice that ends the movie. Compare this similar, but opposed exchange of dialog between Ilsa and Rick: ...


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Rick is an American expatriate. A Democrat (at least in America) is a member of the Democratic party, which is the liberal party in US politics. Another definition for the word liberal is "not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms." So, by calling him a "true Democrat" in regards to women, he's suggesting that Renault is a womanizer; ...


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I have a different interpretation from the other answer. When you're someone with power, you always have friends. People that treat you well, and seem to enjoy your company. But you never know why they are actually friendly to you. It might be that they are just interested in what you can do for them. Rick is also Ugarte's friend, as the two talk a lot ...


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George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008), author of the flashman books, also wrote The Hollywood History of the World: from One Million Years BC to Apocalypse Now (1988, 1995). And as I remember, he mentioned that when he was a boy watching movies in the 1930s and 1940s, whenever he saw a map in the movies with a moving line tracing the protagonist's journey he ...


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The thing about art, generally, is that you can regard it however you like. If you're looking for what was intended, on the other hand, you are vastly more constrained. It certainly was a political film: The unproduced play "Everybody Comes To Rick's" had been floating around Hollywood for a year when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The studios were very ...


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The line "Mister, I met a man once when I was only a kid" is not a reference to brothels or child sex trafficking. In Casablanca, Rick frequently calls Ilsa a "kid". "Here's looking at you, kid." Etc. In the 1940s and 1950s in was very common in movies for young adults, both male and female, to be referred to as "kids" by older adults. One example: Danny ...


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