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Professional Writing: Process and Practice EN 1700 – Fall/Winter 2009/2010 – Jan Rehner Lecture 5 – Casablanca – Oct 19 Casablanca - Mass fantasies produced for mass audiences. - Casablanca’s dialogue: o Used in other movies. - Emblem of the studio system – Warner Brother’s style. - In many ways an accident. - Reagan was going to be role of Rick. - The plane in the movie is fake – cheap wood surrounded with fog. o Dreamy romantic moments surrounded with the fog. - Ilsa doesn’t know who she’s supposed to be with. - Roberto claims that it is special that it is the emblem of the movies. Hollywood archives. Combines motifs and genres of classical areas. Suspense, thriller, mystery and melodrama. Propaganda - Timing could not have been better. - Shows after the day after pearl harbour entering World War II. - Through the movies, government portrayed a message to the public about the war. - War film, it is not a combat film. - Works because it has a battlefield where every individual can take part in. - Self-sacrifice equates with heroism. - During the making, solidified USA image of imagination. - Movies became part of the American dream. - Rick is the rebellious hero, lone wolf, defends the weak, individual who follows his own role. - Pure wishful thinking – America. - The film opens and ends with plane that are leaving for America (sign of hope) o People are watching. o Crooks. o Human life is cheap. People are bought and sold for transit papers. o Rick stands out as the individual that follows his own higher code. - The café where Rick is called Rick’s Café. Embodies the idea of a melting pot. Sink harbour and become just one country. - Everybody who works at the café is family. Everyone is international. Came to America the same way as portrayed in the beginning of the movie. - Stracer is anti-Nazi (left Germany), and helped Lazlo leave. - Casablanca is a love story – star crossed lovers. Love found, lost, redeemed, and sacrificed to a higher cause. - Message: political church. - Movies shape our values, our definitions of concepts – gender recognition, beauty, violence and death. - They can and do alter our sense of reality. - Movies have become more sophisticated, must acknowledge that movies give us a social construction of reality. Movies are never neutral. Encode particular views and values. May leave out certain points of view. They influence people’s values and beliefs even our behaviour. - To substitute reality with the movies. - Film is very seductive; its power lies that it can create levels of reality that are more desirable than the reality. - We can enter movies reality easier than our own lives. - We really need to ask ourselves do we surrender to the images we are exposed to. - Who is going to the control of these images? Producer or the audience (consumers). - Consumers should be aware of the messages, cannot let them replace our own lives. - Decode movies: o Must develop a perspective of what you might call the skill of critical observation. Look deeper, don’t stay at the surface. Active viewing as opposed to pass
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