Critical Insights Film: Casablanca

Critical Insights Series

The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work, a single work of literature, or a literary theme.

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 20 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Renowned Film Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • In-Depth Academic Coverage of All Key Issues and Interpretations
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: James Plath
April 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-876-1
# of Pages: 300
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Salem Press is proud to announce Critical Insights: Film, the newest expansion to the renowned Critical Insights series. Each volume in the Critical Insights: Film collection focuses on a single film classic from American cinema, providing detailed insight and contextual analysis about each subject. These brand-new titles make perfect additions to academic, public, and community Film Studies collections everywhere.

Considered one of the greatest films of the twentieth century, Casablanca earned three Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and instant critical and commercial success following its release in 1942. Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this romantic drama is still hailed for its all-star cast, exceptional screenwriting, and memorable soundtrack, and continues to be ranked as one of the greatest motion pictures ever made.

Critical Insights: Casablanca contains fourteen essays from pop culture scholars and film critics, along with introductory essays on the film, its director; and a resource section containing a general bibliography, director's chronology/filmography, cast list, awards and honors, and the volume's contributors. The essays add to the critical "conversation" from different angles; collectively explaining why Casablanca is so highly regarded-still, or despite its flaws-and why it will likely remain so. Certain themes resonate among the essays, as contributors consider whether Casablanca was, in fact, the "happiest of happy accidents" that critic Andrew Sarris posited and try to identify the reasons for its success. The issue of auteurism comes up a number of times, with varying opinions over the amount of credit due to director Michael Curtiz-though none of the contributors disputes the film's-or Curtiz's-greatness.

This inaugural volume in the Critical Insights Film series contains insightful essays analyzing the reasons for this film classic’s acclaim, as well as its influences on the film industry as we know it today. Essays are 2,500 to 5,000 words in length and offer analyses of Casablanca based on cultural and historical contexts, close viewings from particular critical standpoints (from traditional to postmodern), comparisons in the light of other films, and critical receptions over time. All essays are written by renowned film scholars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, providing in-depth, academic coverage of all key issues and interpretations. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index