Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca) - Gay?

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  1. bfett81

    bfett81 Member

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    Really, consider my argument. It's intriguing.

    What I find most odd about this is that I thought of this the FIRST TIME I viewed Casablanca.

    Consider this line early in the movie:

    UGARTE
    "Rick, I hope you are more impressed with me now, huh? If you'll forgive me, I'll share my good luck with your roulette wheel."

    RICK
    "Yes, you're right, Ugarte. I am a little more impressed with you."​

    OK, now that's just a bit silly, but now we're getting into the real meat and potatoes.

    Consider the scene not long after when Rick walks to the bar.

    ]Rick saunters over and leans on the bar, next to Yvonne.
    He pays no attention to her. She looks at him bitterly,
    without saying a word.


    YVONNE
    Where were you last night?
    RICK
    That's so long ago, I don't remember.
    YVONNE
    Will I see you tonight?
    RICK
    (matter-of-factly)
    I never make plans that far ahead.​

    And later on....

    YVONNE
    Who do you think you are, pushing me
    around? What a fool I was to fall
    for a man like you.

    Rick and Yvonne approach the waiting cab.
    RICK
    (to Sacha)
    You'd better go with her, Sacha, to
    be sure she gets home.
    SACHA
    Yes, boss.
    RICK
    And come right back.

    Rick then sits down for a scene with Monsieur Renalt. This will not be the first time Rick tosses aside a woman and ends up with a man.

    Later on, we have this little exchange:

    RENAULT
    Rick is completely neutral about
    everything. And that takes in the
    field of women, too.

    STRASSER
    You weren't always so carefully
    neutral.
    We have a complete dossier
    on you.​

    And it's pretty hard to pass this up without smirking:

    RENAULT
    (smiling)
    Mademoiselle, you are in Rick's and
    Rick is --
    ILSA
    -- Is what?
    RENAULT
    Well, Mademoiselle, he's the kind of
    a man that, well, if I were a woman
    and I...
    (taps his chest)
    were not around, I should be in love
    with Rick.

    And more...

    SAM
    Oh, he never... well...
    (desperately)
    he's got a girl up at the Blue
    Parrot. He goes up there all
    the time.
    ILSA
    You used to be a much better liar,
    Sam.​

    And now, of course, there is this scene:

    RICK
    Where is she? Have you seen her?
    SAM
    No, Mr. Richard. I can't find her.
    She checked out of the hotel. But
    this note came just after you left.

    Sam pulls an envelope from his pocket. Rick grabs it, opens
    it, and stares down at the letter.

    Richard,
    I cannot go with you or ever see you
    again. You must not ask why. Just
    believe that I love you. Go, my
    darling, and God bless you.
    Ilsa

    Raindrops pour down the letter, smudging the writing.


    SAM

    That's the last call, Mr. Richard,
    do you hear me? Come on, Mr.
    Richard. Let's get out of here.
    Come on, Mr. Richard, come on.

    Sam pulls a stunned, reluctant Rick to the train. The train
    starts to move just as he boards.
    From the steps he looks off into the distance, then crumbles
    the letter and tosses it away as the steam from the engine
    clouds over him.

    Yes, folks, this is the second time in the film that Rick Blaine leaves a woman to be with a man. The same man he is with right before this flashback.

    Now, let us consider another incident. Annina, a Bulgarian woman, approaches Rick and asks to speak.

    RICK
    How did you get in here? You're
    under age.
    ANNINA
    I came with Captain Renault.
    RICK
    (cynically)
    I should have known.
    ANNINA
    My husband is with me, too.
    RICK
    He is? Well, Captain Renault's
    getting broadminded. Sit down.
    Will you have a drink?

    Yes, only when she mentions HER HUSBAND does Blaine ask her to have a drink. And of course, another reference to Captain Renault's homosexuality.

    And then this...

    ANNINA
    Monsieur Rick, what kind of man is
    Captain Renault?

    RICK
    Oh, he's just like any other man,
    only more so.
    :hmmm:

    Rick then gets back to the subject of her husband. He asks here where he is, how long they've been married (not long)...and then excuses himself.

    Where does he go?

    Right to Annina's husband, who has the curiously gender neutral name JAN.

    Yes, this is the THIRD time Rick has left a woman and gone straight to a man. And of course, does a huge favor for him.

    But WAIT. THERE'S MORE!!!!!!!

    Later on, this line.

    RENAULT
    There's still something about this
    business I don't quite understand.
    Miss Lund, she's very beautiful,
    yes, but you were never interested
    in any woman.

    And finally, the piece de resistance. Rick gives the letters of transit to Lazlo and Ilsa, convinces Ilsa to leave, leaving just Rick Blaine...and Captain Renault. The very GAY Captain Renault.

    RENAULT
    It might be a good idea for you
    to disappear from Casablanca for
    a while. There's a Free French
    garrison over at Brazzaville.
    I could be induced to arrange a
    passage.
    RICK
    My letter of transit? I could use
    a trip. But it doesn't make any
    difference about our bet. You
    still owe me ten thousand francs.
    RENAULT
    And that ten thousand francs should
    pay our expenses.
    RICK
    Our expenses?
    RENAULT
    Uh huh.
    RICK
    Louis, I think this is the beginning
    of a beautiful friendship.

    Yes, for the fourth time in the film, Rick Blaine leaves a woman, and ends up with a man.

    Just look at that limp wrist, folks.

    [​IMG]

    And no, I have nothing against Gay people.
     
  2. drew172

    drew172 Senior Member

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    :p i believe you have too much time on your hands.....
     
  3. pianoperson60

    pianoperson60 Senior Member

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    definitely
     
  4. bfett81

    bfett81 Member

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    Thanks for the informative, insightful and worthy comments, guys.
     
  5. SageDreamer

    SageDreamer Senior Member

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    As the biggest gay movie buff in my town, I find this interesting. However, I suspect we tend to find what we're looking for.
     

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