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Old 01-02-2009, 14:16   #1
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For Casablanca fans only - The Vichy Water sequence

Towards the very end in Casablanca, Captain Renault (Claude Rains), having seen the plane to Lisbon depart safely, has a drink from a bottle of Vichy Water while remarking to Rick (Bogart) that he, Rick, has suddenly "turned into a patriot". A moment later, Renault gazes at the label on the bottle, grimaces disdainfully and drops it into a nearby trash bin.

I have often wondered about the significance of that gesture. The simpler explanation would be that Renault, a gourmet of sorts, preferred something stronger than Vichy Water to drink at that time. But it might also have a deeper meaning; Renault, like many other Frenchmen who remained on the unoccupied part of the French side ( administered by Vichy France) while his fellow countrymen suffered Nazi occupation, might be considered by some as comparitively unpatriotic for seemingly colluding with the enemy or at least enjoying some previliges. But by making that famous "usual suspects" statement and allowing the plane to get away, Renault might also be thinking patriotically for the first time.

What do the others think?
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Old 01-02-2009, 18:09   #2
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I think it is just a gesture of contempt for the Vichy Government. As he is going off with Rick, he no longer needs to profess loyalty to the regime.
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I like to think so too. Renault has finally made up his mind which side he is on and the bottle gesture might suggest a severence of all ties with the Nazis and their minions.
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