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The movie Casablanca a jingoistic movie directed by Michael Curtiz in 1942 explores many different types of relationships between male and female such as prostitution adultery and also relationship between a young married couple In Casablanca the females are portrayed to be fairly different from one another to a large extent ranging from the characters presented as whores to virgins Similarly for males they are scaled from so called bad men to good men These big differences in characteristics between the same gender conveys many ideologies that both accepts and challenges gender politics at the time the film was created such as that good women must be protected compared to that adultery is encouraged which challenges the ideologies at the time In the beginning of the movie Humprey Bogart who plays Rick in Casablanca is presented as a rich man this can be seen from the Mise En Scene showed in the movie where before Rick enters the scene there was a close up shot on Ricks hand signing a cheque this shows that Rick has power and also a career to show his high status in the movie Carrying on the scene the camera then brings a close up to Ricks table that shows some items that also confirms his character these items include cigarettes a glass of wine and a chess board The chess board shows that Rick is a smart man where the wine and cigarettes further emphasizes his masculinity as a tough macho man Further more the lighting effects shades half of Ricks face making it half black and half white this perhaps symbolizes that Rick is both a bad and good guy being somewhere in the middle This is also evident where Ricks detective-like trench coat compared to Victor Laszlows costume is somewhat darker in colour conveying that Rick may have a dark past and has more secrets to hide The camera angle was also noticed to be shot
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