Introduction to Film
September 29, 2008
The movie, Casablanca, based on the play "Everybody Wants to go to Rick's,” still captivates audiences around the world. This movie was a pleasurable afternoon of great movie watching. The setting of the movie is Casablanca, Morocco during the Second World War. Casablanca is the jump off point to get to Spain and then to America. I think that all four factors of a setting have an affect on this story. The temporal factor, along with the geographic factor, really set the stage for the opening of the film (Boggs & Petrie, 2008, p. 101). In the middle of all this is Rick's cafe. The clientele in the café definitely encompasses the social structure and economic factors, along with some customs and moral attitudes, of the movie setting(Boggs & Petrie, 2008, p.101) Rick's former love Ilsa comes to Casablanca on her way to America and discovers Rick to be a resident there. The love triangle between Ilsa, her husband Laszlo, and Rick keeps the viewer in suspense until the very last minutes of the movie. This movie contains all the factors that make a movie a classic. It has great performances by a top cast, a flawless script story line and director, and superb production techniques. In addition, it blends a raging love story with tormenting schemes which makes it one of the best Hollywood movies of all time. Casablanca was never expected to be a large- scale movie. The script was written on a day to day basis even until the last few moments of the movie but despite all that, it made it bigger than any other movie in its time(Casablanca ,2008). Another aspect of the movie was the filming of the movie in black and white. Now this was not so surprising for the time period, but definitely had the grainy, shadowy look, that made the film, ever more the classic.
There are many classical quotes that were used in Casablanca, some of which we...
References: Boggs, J. & Petrie, D. (2008). The art of watching films. New York: McGraw-Hill, 35-101
Curtiz, M. (Director). (1943). Casablanca (Motion picture). United States: Warner Brothers.
www.imdb.com, retrieved September 30, 2008.
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