Casablanca Historical Accuracy

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Historical Accuracy of Casablanca The film Casablanca defines the life of the citizens of Casablanca, French Morocco during World War II. In the film, Casablanca is governed by Vichy France under the influence of Nazi Germany and received countless refugees from Europe. The struggle that existed for refugees from across Europe with French puppet officials and German officers is well documented in the film. Based on the historical facts, Casablanca presents an accurate account of the political situation in the city of Casablanca in 1941. Firstly, the film presents an understanding of the patriotic feelings of the French who were indirectly controlled by German forces. Patriotic confrontations become apparent throughout the film, creating tension and disputes between nationalities ported in Casablanca. The underlying tension between the French and German is…show more content…
The narrator says that in Casablanca, “the fortunate ones, through money, or influence, or luck, might obtain exit visas and scurry to Lisbon,” but “the others wait in Casablanca – and wait – and wait – and wait,” (Full Text) which creates an atmosphere of conflict for the refugees that remained hoping for their chance to leave to the New World. Historically, Casablanca really did serve as a primary destination for refugees, in fact, “Casablanca had as technical advisor a Free-French officer, Lieutenant Robert Aisner, who had made the same journey as the Casablanca refugees” (Kovshenin). An important aspect of the film that does not reflect accuracy were the transit letters which are considered invalid, “They were signed by Charles de Gaulle, who would not have authority in North Africa, rendering the letters useless” (Casablanca, see below). Although the film is accurate in various elements, little aspects differentiate from

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