Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-876-1
# of Pages: 292
# of Volumes: 1
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e-ISBN: 978-1-61925-877-8
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Critical Insights: Casablanca

Editor: James Plath, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington; Directed by Michael Curtiz
April 2016

This volume offers insightful essays analyzing the reasons for this film classic's acclaim, as well as its influences on the modern film industry.

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.

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.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.

The volume's appendices offer a section of useful reference resources, including:

  • Cast
  • Awards & Honors
  • Chronology of Director's Life
  • Director's Filmography
  • Bibliography
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • Contributors
  • General Subject Index

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.

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