Key information Directed by Michael Curtiz Starring: Humphrey Bogart – Rick BlaineIngrid Bergman – Ilsa LundPaul Henreid – Victor Laszlo Warner Bros. Release date: November 1942
Detailed analysis of Rick Analyse in detail, the 6 key scenes. What representation of masculinity is presented? Consider: the director’s use of mise en scene interaction with other characters where Rick is positioned in the ‘frame’ use of lighting dialogue In conclusion: What makes him such an interesting character? How Rick manages to retain control of each scene?
Discuss the following images of Ilsa. How is she represented?
Ilsa’s role When asked in an interview about Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), the director, Micheal Curtiz said: “She is the nexus of power in the film. It is only with respect to her that Rick shows any vulnerability and humanity. There is a strength in her not to be underestimated. She doesn't just follow along. She comes to meet Rick at night, she does things, she transgresses some borders, and she shows her feelings. She might be the most honest of the film's characters. She is the fuel that drives the narrative forward, and she is worth it. I think the female aspect of the film is very strong, although she is almost the only woman in the film. Otherwise, the film portrays a very masculine universe.” Do his comments make you reconsider your reading of Ilsa? Give reasons.