Many people find it hard to notice the editing in a film. this is a positive thing as it means the editor has done a good job in creating a smooth rhythm within cuts. Obviously we know that whenever there is a change in image it is an edit, but most of us find it hard to consciously notice the transitions throughout the film. It is because we do not notice the editing that we presume it is “easy”. However, 'editing is more than just sticking two images together, it is a language, a discipline, an art.’ (Videomaker.com, 2014)
The Epstein brothers created Casablanca, one of America’s best classic films revolving around romance and drama. Written and set during World War 2, it encompasses the nature of people distancing themselves far away from the conflict. This film was a political statement to American citizens who are neutral about the war after Pearl Harbor being bombed as a way of getting viewers to oppose the Nazis, and have more men enlist in the army to fight for their country. The protagonist Rick Blaine owns a bar in Casablanca, Morocco where it is a melting pot for all nationalities and soldiers both Allies and Axis forces. One night, Rick sees his former lover Ilsa accompanying her husband who the Nazi’s are chasing after due to him escaping a concentration
Casablanca is one of the most iconic and interesting early American films, and for good reason. The movie represents the involvement of the United States of America in World War II. As the film begins, a map of Africa is shown with thundering patriotic music. Refugees from the German occupied areas in World War II have streamed into Casablanca, Morocco, still part of unoccupied France. After Paris was lost in June, 1940, people wanted to escape through cities like Casablanca. From there they could get papers to get to Lisbon, Portugal, and from there passage to America. Note how the director, Michael Curtiz, introduces Humphrey Bogart or as he is known in the film, Rick. Humphrey plays the jaded, embittered, lonely, cynical tough guy who
The debate over Casablanca and Citizen Kane has been a classic argument between film critics and historians alike because both of these pieces contain great cinematographic value, and are timeless pictures that have managed to captivate audiences well beyond their era. However, the real question at hand is which film is the greatest? Which film transformed the future of American film making? It is these questions that I as many others have, will attempt to answer in the following essay as I explain why I believe Citizen Kane has achieved the status of greatest film ever made.
Film Noir, as Paul Schrader integrates in his essay ‘Notes on Film Noir,’ reflects a marked phase in the history of films denoting a peculiar style observed during that period. More specifically, Film Noir is defined by intricate qualities like tone and mood, rather than generic compositions, settings and presentation. Just as ‘genre’ categorizes films on the basis of common occurrences of iconographic elements in a certain way, ‘style’ acts as the paradox that exemplifies the generality and singularity at the same time, in Film Noir, through the notion of morality. In other words, Film Noir is a genre that exquisitely entwines theme and style, and henceforth sheds light on individual difference in perception of a common phenomenon. Pertaining
The plot of Casablanca is that during World War 2 many people were trying to escape Europe and out of all these people we study three interesting characters. As we get to know these characters we learn that they are willing to sacrifice things that are important to them just so that humanity can be better. Getting to know the characters is a very important part of the whole movie because the characters can represent certain things. I think the climax of the movie is when Rick gives the transits to Iisa and her husband. He loves this woman so much that he is willing to do this for her. At the beginning of the movie Rick says "I stick my neck out for noboby" or something along those lines and this sacrifice proves how much love has changed him for the
In this essay I will discussing how the theory of montage is used to construct meaning which results in a response from the audience to watching this specific sequence in Battleship Potemkin directed by Sergei Eisenstein in 1925. The theory of montage has 5 parts to it which I will discuss in detail further on with reference to the Odessa steps sequence. History also plays an important part as to how Pudovkin, Lev Kuleshov and D. W Griffiths influenced Eisenstein to look deeper into editing. Eisenstein gained the knowledge on how editing film could change the emotional impact on the audience through shot size, shot variation, tempos and lengths of a shot and more. All of this elements where studied, used by Eisenstein to produce new ideas and meaning to film but was it unnecessary in film as a whole?
The extraordinary film The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959) skillfully uses cinematic devices appropriately within the context of the theme. Part of the underlying theme of this movie as explained by Truffaut himself is, “... to portray a child as honestly as possible...”(Writing About Film, 1982). It is the scenes in this movie that are most helpful in disclosing the overall theme of the film. Within the scenes, the camera angles in this film play an important role in accentuating the emotions behind the scene. The camera angles used in this film will be the primary focus of this paper. The high angle shots utilized in The 400 Blows are effective in helping to develop the overall feel of a scene. This movie uses the high angle shot in three different scenes to evoke three different emotions and it still works extremely well.
This exposition will be a nearby perusing of the filmic content along two wide lines that meet up at the center covering the equivocalness in the film. The primary line will be a portrayal and examination of how we as observers can comprehend the film by applying intellectual schemata. The way we make significance relies on upon how the development of the film drives the
A major change that has occurred in the development of film is the linearity of narrative. The history of film spans over one hundred years ago, with classical narrative emerging in Hollywood around the nineteen thirties. The classical narrative period had a strong emphasis on linearity and coherence, where characters where goal centred and consistent in personality and action. In the nineteen sixties a change began to emerge in Hollywood, with Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960) breaking the editing rules, and narrative coherence, with the introduction of jump cuts. This film among others greatly contributed to the outburst of non-linear narratives, a narrative technique wherein events are portrayed out of chronological order. In the twenty-first century a range of independent films with a variety of non-linear narratives have been getting mainstream release. Within this essay I will briefly explain the different types of narratives and the reasons for their popularity.
Describe one emotion that a character in Casablanca exhibits. How is this emotion created and emphasized by the playwright and filmmaker? Rick is a good example for someone that was moodie throughout the movie. When he was thinking of isla and the flashback was happening the tone and the expression of his face could let you know of his depression. 5. Imagine you are creating a stage version of this film. Choose one character and discuss how you would costume this character. Think about color, style, fabric, and so on. How would your choices be influenced by the character's position, motivations, and personality? I would choose ilsa. She is a young beautiful women that if there was color in the movie would be wearing colors at the extreme. I would add here blond hair color to have here dressed in something light to match the tone of here skin.
The aim of the essay is to look at early cinema and compare and contrast between the editing techniques used by various filmmakers. The essay will look at editing techniques the French Filmmaker Georges Méliès’ applied in his films A Trip to The Moon and The Vanishing Lady, as I move forward I will look at American Filmmakers and their films such as Edwin Porter’s The Great Train Robbery and D.W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation and finally move to Russian Cinema in which I will look
Casablanca is a film about a classic love story, there are a lot of elements to this movie that makes it such a successful film. My main topic for this essay is the music of Casablanca. In this essay I will mention about a scene in Casablanca, this scene is about the conversation with rick and Ilsa that took place at Rick’s bar just after the Paris flashbacks from when Ilsa’s entered the scene. The music in Casablanca is formed to make the theme fit to the situations happening, increasing the melody or changing keys by altering the rhythms it emphasizes the dramatic qualities in the film. This has become a symbol of performance the melody expressing that happiness comes with love. In this film the audience may say there was music but not really
The film Casablanca (1942) is an epitome of the Hollywood studio system, thus its depiction of memory follows the classical style. This means that memory is primarily displayed through the form of the flashback. Another feature of the Classical Hollywood style is its character centric narratives, meaning the flashback is usually focalised through an individual characters perspective. This is true in Casablanca during the flashback sequence, in which we see Rick (Humphrey Bogart) remembering his past with Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). In the scene Rick’s remembrance of the past is subjected through his perception. Which is shown cinematically through the film’s mise en scène. Yet to view this flashback sequence