The movie Casablanca has similarities to World War II. The movie begins by the viewer meeting Rick Blaine. He is the owner of a club that helps people from other countries receive their letters of transit. This club was a safe haven for many of the refugees. This club would allow for the refuges to obtain their letters of transit as well as earning some quick cash for traveling from gambling in the secret room. Another huge problem that Casablanca places emphasis on is that the German and French never see eye-to-eye. German Nazi’s were not happy about the letters of transit and would do anything to make sure that it stopped happening, for example shutting down Rick’s club.
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” These are the words spoken by Rick Blaine as he drinks himself into a slight stupor to cope with the grand entrance of the beautiful, yet mysterious Ilsa Lund. These two mentioned above are former lovers and the two main characters of the 1942 film Casablanca. Why Rick speaks these words with despair is because of Ilsa Lund, whose archetype is common in most if not all noir movies. This archetype is known as the femme fatale which literally translates to, fatal woman. The particular focus of the femme fatale and its characteristics is Ilsa Lund, female star of Casablanca, who exhibits the major and auxiliary qualities of the femme fatale character as well as her hidden intentions.
It’s important to watch Casablanca while thinking about the context in which it was released. After the United States entered World War II, it was a little over a year before audiences saw Casablanca. It doesn’t take much investigation to see how the war plays a part in the storytelling, but certain film techniques helped emphasize messages the film wanted to tell its audience. Through the use of camera movement, the finale of Casablanca puts the spotlight on Strasser and Rick’s newfound relationship, which can convey a message about the United States and its allies.
In the movie Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, the theme of this mysterious/ romantic is self-sacrifice and unhappy love. These themes are best expressed in the interactions of the three main characters: Victor Laszlo, Ilsa Lund, and Rick Blaine.
In 1973, the beloved children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web, made its first appearance onto the screen. Over 30 years later, a newer version of the classic hit the big screen. Since both were closely based on the original book written by E. B. White, the movies still hold true to the core values and overall plot. Between the two films, there arose many similarities, but there were still a few variations in the two films. This essay will compare and contrast the ways in which the original animated version of Charlotte’s Web in 1973 and the live-action version of Charlotte’s Web in 2006 on terms of character’s setting, personalities, and plot.
Casablanca is one the classic Hollywood movie which is one of the most critically acclaimed Hollywood movies of all time and also very famous. Casablanca is a romance story that happens during World War II but the question is does it end there? Is Casablanca just a Romance movie? In this essay, I will be discussing how the movie Casablanca which is one of the most famous and critically acclaimed films of all time is a propaganda movie and what message is sending and the effects that propaganda movies make and why it’s important for governments.
Casablanca’s narrative plot has a beginning, middle and an end. It has a certain symmetry about it and follows a set of norms and conventions. For a viewer, Casablanca is easy to understand and it simply tells a story that is not ambiguous. At the beginning of the film there is a narrative voice over which explains the political context of what is happening to the audience. The viewer never has to figure anything out for themselves therefor the film is conforming to a typical narrative structure. The storyline concerns the coming of World War II and a love triangle between Baine, Ilsa and Laszlo. The viewer’s main focus is on the love triangle rather than the political context making the overall storyline easy to understand. This also is an aspect as to why this movie conforms to a classical narrative approach.
The intriguing world of Casablanca, displays a wondrous mise-en-scene in fashion that accentuates emotions and feeling through aspects of cinematography. From the movement of the camera, to the intricacy of the shot distances chosen to be included within the frame, the film reveals important elements of the diegesis without uttering a sound. The cinematography of Casablanca gives the audience an insight into the intimacy of Rick and Ilsa's relationship, and seeks to situate the viewer’s attention to the space and time of the film.
The cinematography in Casablanca is critical in directing the audience’s attention, shaping the audiences feelings, and revealing the theme of the movie. Ultimately, the movie helped America abandon its neutrality, join the Allies and defeat
The Maltese Falcon is a film noir directed by John Huston. The film is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett of the same name. The film was made and distributed by Warner Bros. and was released in October 1941. In this film, detective Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart, takes on a case from the beautiful but deceptive Miss Wonderly, played by Mary Astor. That night, Spade’s partner, Archer, is killed while following Mr. Thursby, who is also killed. It is revealed that Miss Wonderly’s real name is Brigit O’Shaughnessy and that she had been working with Thursby. Spade is approached by Mr. Gutman, played
The best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while (Roman Holiday):
Soviet Cinema were established between the years 1917 to 1953. This was a time of transition and great development in the film industry. Soviet Cinema focused on creating films that dealt with political and ideological ideas that arose during those times. A Man with a Movie Camera was released in 1929. This film became revolutionary in the way it used techniques of film editing such as; constructive/linkage editing and intellectual montage and how it helped narrate the story without a storyline. This essay will discuss how the film uses these two techniques, in reference to the film, and to what ideological and political ends are the techniques used in the films with specific references from the film to support the argument.
Through his noir On the Waterfront, Elia Kazan tells an excellent tale of a misguided young man who struggles to discern good from bad, finally regretting his past and redeeming himself through sacrifice. This description is broad and applicable to many stories; it is an interpretation of the director's work, an implicit meaning. One may also say that Kazan tells the story of Terry Malloy, a young man who "does the right thing" and learns that he must sacrifice himself to take a stand to overthrow the corrupt boss, leading other workers in the right direction. As an explicit meaning, this explanation of the film focuses on the "point" of the story -- what Kazan is trying to communicate to his audience. A solid, tangible description of the film,
Whenever you examine a text like a film, TV show, novel, ect. there is always a great deal of other texts that directly reference or promotes the text and these other texts are known as paratexts. A paratext can consist of many different things from an ad promoting a book in the newspaper, a trailer for the latest movie or even a review on the new hit single. When it came to the classic silent film serials of the 1910’s-1930’s a rather interesting paratext comes into play, the promotion for a theater owner to screen the film at their local theater. The example we will be examining comes from The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and with this example we will discover how this particular paratext helps to see the film for audiences of the time.
The setting (post-war London) rivals or surpasses any post-war urban decay as portrayed by its American counterparts - kind of makes sense, because noir thrives on the decayed, the decrepit - and after being bombed to near