Casablanca (1942) Lovers cut up in the craziness of war. Good vs. Evil, with most people living in the middle, just hoping not to be killed. Rick, the main character, is an American, and he represents America, trying to stay out of Europe's problems, but he can't ignore the danger of Nazism or his true nature. In the end, he chooses to save his lover, even though he can't be with her. Hopeful and sad.