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Film Essay

  • Submitted by: marinbaci12
  • on February 26, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 501 words

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Option #2: Reception Theory

Michael Curtiz started making films in his native Austria and then later in Germany. By the early 1920’s, Curtiz was making films in other European countries as well. He moved to the United States in 1926 and was quickly noticed by the Warner Brothers. Between 1930 and 1940 Curtiz made a variety of genres. His most famous work was the Casablanca that made a tremendous hit as well as Mildred Pierce and another movie that he wrote was the adventures of Robin Hood which was a good movie to watch. The common themes that were used in the film were about love, sacrifice, and loyalty. In Casablanca love takes on many different methods. It all starts where IIsa breaks Ricks heart because she loves him and knows that she has to stay behind with Laszlo and knows that if Rick knew the circumstances he would also stay in Paris with IIsa, but Rick couldn’t stay because the Germans would capture him and therefore IIsa abandons Rick because she doesn’t want him to get involved. Another theme would be sacrifice and how Rick is willing to do anything that he has to do to maintain his saloon and lifestyle in Casablanca. However his love for IIsa opens his heart and IIsa and Rick both do what is right for the anti-fascist even if that means that they will never be together. The sacrifices that Rick and IIsa are put in the line. Lastly, we have loyalty where the film deals with the interpersonal relationships and political identities. Casablanca’s stylistic features a powerful love story. It all starts with Rick being placed in the middle of not one, but two conflicts first being a complicated love triangle and the second being a battle between the axis and allied powers. The various stylistic elements here draws Rick’s personal struggles with neutrality and the necessity to take action in the larger context of World War II. During the film we see that Rick is presented as a very mysterious character. We hear people talking about him before we even get...

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