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Casablanca


Video: Connection to the film Casablanca



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"Casablanca" Movie Poster

Connection to the film Casablanca

The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca (1942), always found on top-ten lists of films, is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle. The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. Rick's remark to Ilsa, "Here's looking at you, kid", is not in the draft screenplays, but has been attributed to something Bogart said to Bergman as he taught her poker between takes. Even in the poster, the eyes define the character. The way each actor is looking characterizes and sums up each one's personality in the film. The fact that Aldwyth makes "Casablanca" almost completely out of eyes, suggests the importance of them to one's character.

Luncheon on the Grass

In the collage is the painting Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet. As found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Luncheon_on_the_Grass, "It is not a realist painting in the social or political sense of Daumier, but it is a statement in favor of the artist's individual freedom. The shock value of a woman, naked as can be, casually lunching with two fully dressed men, which was an affront to the propriety of the time, was accentuated by the familiarity of the figures....Her body is starkly lit and she stares directly at the viewer." This may contribute to the overall theme of the collage--there are different ways to look, or view, people.
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The Mona Lisa


The famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 16th century is shown in this collage. It has remained a world-wide favorite in the art world for so many decades, because "Lisa" is known for her captivating glare and slight smile. It is said that her eyes follow you as you move across the room. Aldwyth included a picture of the famous painting to deepen the meaning of the eyes in this piece. The Mona Lisa can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa#Subject_and_title.

Casablanca (Colorized Version)

There are two versions of the collage Casablanca. One is seen here and the other version is called Casablanca: Colorized Version. It is interesting to note that there are two versions of the film Casablanca as well. One is in black and white and the other has been colorized. People colorized Casablanca and other films because black and white was old fashioned and people nowadays were not used it. Colorization allowed people to enjoy it more. People who opposed colorization said that the technique ruined the artistry of the original film and degraded it into junk. If you look at the original version of the collage Casablanca, you will see that it contains many pieces of artwork. If you look at the colorized version, you will see that it has many pictures of space, science, and technology but doesn't have many pieces of artwork. The statement made is that colorizing a piece of art ruins the artistry of the piece and is just done to polish up the art and make it look more acceptable to a generation that does not understand the original.

Sources:

For an article on the film Casablanca, look here: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_%28film%29)
For an article on film colorization, look here: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_colorization)
To see Casablanca: Colorized Version, look here: (http://www.halsey.cofc.edu/exhibitions/2009/04_aldwyth_collage_casablanca_color.php)