Mar. 19th, 2016

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ILSA:
Strange. I know so very little about you.

RICK (chuckles):
I know very little about you. Just the fact you had your teeth straightened.

ILSA:
But be serious, darling, you are in danger. You must leave Paris.

RICK:
No no no, we must leave.

ILSA:
Yes, of course, we.

RICK:
Now the train for Marseilles leaves at five o'clock. I'll pick you up at your hotel at four-thirty.

ILSA:
No, no, not at my hotel, I -- I have things to do in the city before I leave. I'll meet you at the station.

RICK:
All right, at a quarter to five. Say, why don't we get married at Marseilles?

ILSA:
Oh...no, that--that's too far ahead to plan.

RICK:
Yes, I guess it is a little too far ahead. Let's see, what about the engineer? Why can't he marry us on the train?

ILSA (voice shaking):
Oh, darling.

RICK (laughs):
Why not?




Bergman's hand gesture here slays me. I suspect she might actually be corpsing, but anyway, to hide her face from the camera is a genius move, along with that stunning voicework -- Ilsa is too overwhelmed by heartbreak to exist even for us.

Another thing: people didn't think Bogart had the chops to be a romantic lead before this. But he sets Rick up for a fall so perfectly -- you can tell it's love that keeps him buoyant in Paris (laughs), and you can believe he'd do anything as the embittered Rick of Casablanca.

ARF

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