Please jot down brief answers to the following, and answer three at length (around 150 words).
would American audiences be drawn to the setting in
2. How is the film's "atmosphere" created? (Atmosphere = sets, lighting, music, costumes, accents, character types)
3. In some ways this film can be considered another example of the "stranger comes to town" plot pattern. Here, however, the stranger is a woman (or, one might argue, a couple), who comes "out of the past" (a sub-pattern) to haunt the hero and disrupt the status quo. Discuss the plot in these terms.
most studio films, particularly those set on foreign shores,
5. As happens in any story involving a love triangle, we are meant to compare and contrast the two men vying for the heroine (the same thing happens no matter what the gender configurations). What does the comparison/contrast of Rick and Viktor tell us, about Ilsa and about them?
6. In many ways Rick Blaine is a classic Warner Brothers tough guy, particularly at the beginning of the film, a guy who reveals his real self to nobody and sticks his neck out for nobody. This changes. How does Bogart allow us to see the emotions inside his character? Try to be as specific as possible.
the flashback scenes. How does the film
make the transition from
9. Now do the same for Ilsa as a model for a woman should be.
10. One of the film's most memorable aspects is the relationship between Rick and Renault. What does Renault bring to the film?
11. How is "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem, used in the film?
many films of
13. Most Hollywood love stories included a number of "Money Shots," close-ups of the heroine (and perhaps of the hero) in soft focus and lovely lighting that audiences love (and that were like "money in the bank"; hence the name). When do such shots occur in this film, and why?
is this film such a classic? Why are
audiences drawn to it again and again? In what ways does it capture central myths about
15. How do you feel about those myths?
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