I. Introduction Casablanca is often referred to by many sources as one of the greatest films in history, and it’s well deserving of the title. Taking place in 1942 in the city in which it was named, the film captures the lives of those living during the conflicts of World War II. At the time, the city of Casablanca was largely populated with refugees desperate to travel to the neutral territory of the Americas. While Casablanca contains a wartime backdrop, romance seems to be another prominent genre of this film.
I loved the lighting and camera work in Casablanca. The lighting and camera angel played a big role in the movie because it showed the characters emotions and feelings. It often set the tone and mood of the scene. Because the film was in black and white there was no color to highlight certain emotions in the film. For an example when Rick was drinking, you could really see his sadness and he didn't need to say anything for use to figure it out, lighting played a big role in that
The film Casablanca captures a romance during World War Two, in the far off city of Casablanca, Morocco. The movie’s cinematography and beautiful story pull the audience into a timeless classic, regarded as one of the best films of all time. The films was directed by Michael Curtiz and had a limited release in late 1942, and then a full United States release date in 1943. The film captured young wartime American audiences as the United States was currently involved in World War Two. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, who plays Rick Blaine, an American living in predominantly French Casablanca.
It includes exposition, rising action, climax, falling action action and resolution/denouncement. Narrative structure isn't complicated to comprehend and identify. Narrative structure is the content of the story and the form used to tell the story. In Fanrenheit 451 the exposition and rising climax are the first things you can identify. In the beginning we get a sense of the characters, who they are, and what they are all about.
There are two definitions for the word ‘narrative’. One, in a literary sense, is ‘a spoken or written account of connected events; a story’. The other, in a social context, is ‘a representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values’. In everyday life, people subscribe to these social narratives as part of what it means to exist in a society. It is exactly this kind of acceptance of authority in ‘conforming’ to these narratives that this novel seeks to question.
A trauma narrative is written by people who experience some sort of trauma and need to get out and over it. The need to express themselves urges the trauma survivor to talk about their thoughts and memories which they can no longer bear. This process not only helps the person to let out what they have learnt out of the bitter experiences they have undergone; but also organizes their thoughts, helping their memories to become more orderly. Being aware of the fact that Woolf has written this novel and also her medical background in mind, ‘Mrs Dalloway’ can be viewed as a trauma narrative at three different levels. Another fact to keep in mind while looking at the novel as a trauma narrative is the historical background.
Setting in a novel, poem, or drama is one of the most important literary techniques. Contrary to what some people think, setting is not just a place where events of a plot take place. In essence, setting is much more complex which is sub-categorized into three elements: • Time • Location • Duration Time refers to the period in which a story takes place. A story can take place in near past, distant past, present, future, and so on. Location is the space in which a story takes place.
There are multiple instances where the movie jumps backwards and forwards in timeline. The narration in the movie can be described as circular narrative as the ending and beginning when merged complete the timeline of the movie(1). This narrative structure is rather unconventional and reminds the audience at multiple instances that this is not real life and they are watching a movie. One of these instances include Mia (Uma Thurman) drawing a rectangle on screen while talking to Vincent (John Travolta) in car in front of Jack Rabbit Slim’s. The film includes multiple clues which link its narration style to Post Modernism.
A second aspect is the narrative intransitivity. In Classical Hollywood Cinema, the events are characters driven. Moreover, the scenes are connected to each other because of the cause-effect dynamic, which is kept clear throughout the entire film. In this film, instead, things just happen, there is no a real reason for them to, and often they do not have an impact on the overall story. The narrative appears to be indigested, full of digressions and events that are uncorrelated to each other.