Humphrey Bogart’s nod

One slight nod and the plot turns. Rick is forced to choose side in the on-going war. Rick who? Rick Blaine, of course. Café owner and Mr. “I stick my neck out for nobody” himself in Casablanca, played by Humphrey Bogart. When a group of German officers in Rick’s café starts singing patriotic “Die Wacht am Rhein,” resistance leader Victor asks the house band to play “La Marseillaise.” The band members look at Rick, who gives them a silent nod. In the “duel of anthems” that follows, the Germans are drowned out by the French. For Rick, this has consequences.

This is perhaps the most legendary nod in the history of film. The close-up of Bogart is a separately shot insert, and the story is that he didn’t know what the nod meant until he saw the film. Read more: A turning point par excellence: Humphrey Bogart’s nod

One small nod. A lesson for storytellers.

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