Lecture Series: Casablanca, Hitler's Refugees and The Hollywood Screen
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6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

"Such Much?" Casablanca, Hitler's Refugees and The HOllyWood Screen


noah isenberg, george christian centennial professor and chair of the department of radio-television-film, university of texas at Austin

Legendary, award-winning Hollywood picture Casablanca (1942) is one of the all-time most cherished love stories and wartime dramas of the studio era, yet it may also be seen as one of the earliest and most successful feature films to address the menace of National Socialism, the flight of European refugees, and the personal stories embodied in even the most minor characters portrayed on screen. However, the movie is rarely discussed in this vein. Drawing on extensive research undertaken for his bestselling book We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, Noah Isenberg sheds new light on this often neglected aspect, refocusing attention on the dozens of refugees at work on both sides of the camera. He also explores the strangely evocative, if also veiled commentary, on historical events and on the furtive references to Jews and other targets of Nazi persecution.


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