Casablanca

Casablanca ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Casablanca Author Marc Augé – Bluevapours.co.uk Marc Augé was eleven or twelve years old when he first saw Casablanca Made in but not released in France until , the film had a profound effect on him Like cinephiles everywhere, Augé was instantly Marc Augé was eleven or twelve years old when he first saw Casablanca Made inbut not released in France until , the film had a profound effect on him Like cinephiles everywhere, Augé was instantly drawn to Rick Blaine's mysterious past, his friendship with Sam and Captain Renault, and Ilsa's stirring, seductive beauty The filmwith its recurring scenes of waiting, menace, and flightoccupies a significant place in Augé's own memory of his uprooted childhood and the wartime exploits of his familyMarc Augé's elegant and thoughtful essay on film and the nature of both personal and collective memory contends that some of our most haunting memories are deeply embedded in the cinema His own recollections of the hurried, often chaotic embarkations of his childhood, he writes, are become intertwined with scenes from Casablanca that have become bigger in his memory through repeated viewings in the movie houses of Paris's Latin QuarterSeamlessly weaving together film criticism and memoir, Casablanca moves between Augé's insights into the filmgoing experience and his reflections on his own life, the collective trauma of France's wartime history, and how such events as the fall of Paris, the exodus of refugees, and the Occupationall depicted in the filmwere lived and are remembered.

Marc Augé is a French anthropologist His career can be divided into three stages, reflecting shifts in both his geographical focus and theoretical development: early African, middle European and late Global These successive stages do not involve a broadening of interest or focus as such, but rather the development of a theoretical apparatus able to meet the demands of the growing convictio.

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  • Paperback
  • 120 pages
  • Casablanca
  • Marc Augé
  • English
  • 21 July 2019
  • 9780816656417

10 thoughts on “Casablanca

  1. Jesse says:

    The victim of misplaced expectations: some stretches were exceedingly beautiful and evocative and quietly profound, but it had the tendency to wander into tangents I didn't find equally resonant or even illuminating. I have a particular fondness for analysis that explicitly braids together critical and the autobiographical modes, and I think what I was wanting was a more theoretically rigorous variation on Jonathan Rosenbaum's lush, Faulkner-influenced Moving Places: A Life at the Movies. Instead, I remember finishing Augé's long essay and feeling that everything just doesn't quite hang together somehow, though I was unable to pinpoint exactly why (I do wonder if there might be some translation issues at play).

    In the end, I actually found that Conway's Afterward “A Writer and His Movie” was what articulated many of the ideas that I was hoping to find in Augé's actual text:

    the recollections accumulating here and in Auge’s other essays leave the effect, much like that of a New Wave film, of enticing the viewer to follow an ever-bifurcating path through images, both past and present, and to employ those images as reminders of our own relations (and those of our kin) with events that shape history.

    Still, I feel like someday I'll revisit this with readjusted expectations. I mean, how could I not, when there are passages as gorgeous as this?
    “I don’t always spend my time thinking about movies and about Casablanca, but today, when I recall the various peripatetics of my existence, without really knowing why they continue to occupy my mind, I sometimes happen to associate the film with emotions, faces, and landscapes that, although they belong to fiction, survive me as memories.

  2. Jeff LeVine says:

    Less about Casablanca and movies than one would think from the title (and images from Casablanca scattered throughout the small book), much more about memory, especially the authors. There is kind of a poetic feeling to Augé’s short reflections on memory. Sometimes the thoughts are not as clear as one would hope – other times he seems extremely insightful. Sparked by the film Casablanca, Augé writes of the first time he saw the film, in 1947, writes about his experiences during WWII as a young boy (he was born in 1935), touches on trying to put together his memories from that time in collaboration with his elderly mother, as she is slowly losing her memories, slowly passing away from this world. There is a definitely Proustian feeling to this collection of memories – and Proust was referenced at least twice, though this collection is very short (but satisfying), really just seventy-four pages.

    The most vivid parts of the book for me were the parts that touch most directly on Casablanca. Repeat viewings on the rue des Écoles in Paris (similar to my own beloved memories of seeing classic American films at the now gone Action Écoles). Also his thoughts on how movies capture time, how stars remain always young, how we return to them at different times in our lives, changed, while they remain the same.

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