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Ideological Treatment Of Gender In "Casablanca".

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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 Rick's 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 Rick's 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 Rick's 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 Rick's detective-like trench coat compared to Victor Laszlow's 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 upwards to exaggerate Rick's big, tall figure. Also, how "Casablanca" is presented in a "Film Noir" form helps to emphasize Rick's "cool and smooth" character developing more his "anti-hero" image.Apart from Rick, there are also other male characters in "Casablanca" that symbolized the ideology of men at the time, these characters includes Victor Laszlow who was portrayed as the "good" men and Louie who was presented as the "bad" men. Both the good and bad type of men can be easily defined with the use of props. For example, it was easy to tell that Louie was represented as a bad man as in the scene where Rick helps the distraught wife flee from Louie's trap, Louie looked over with a disappointment expression, it is also noticed that in the scene he is the only man wearing black uniform and that the whole of his face was shaded by lighting as he stands up to confirm his somewhat "dark" side. As for...

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