Casablanca (1943) And Singin' In The Rain (1952) (Movie Review Sample)
Pre-Work for La La Land
Directions: In preparation for La La Land, your task is to watch two of the films below from The Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema. You will then write a two-page reflection focusing on these concepts:
Title, Director, Year of Release
What trends did you notice from the two films that convey the time period or at least cinema of the time period?
Review the film: Did you like or dislike the film? Please explain thinking about cinematography, editing, music, etc…
3-4 pages double-spaced pages total (this is for both movies combined)
Note: You can pick any of the TWO films below.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Top Hat (1935)
An American in Paris (1951)
The Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Swing Time (1936)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Shall we Dance (1937)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Casablanca (1943) and Singin' in the Rain (1952) are some of the best musical films of the golden age of Hollywood cinema. Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz. The Hungarian-born American movie director is a prolific director in the history of Hollywood. In his entire career, Curtiz ran the gamut in regards to quality, style, and genre. His directing style was continuously changing, remaining an exceptionally versatile actor. However, Casablanca was unquestionably the feather in Curtiz's cap because everything came together on this film. Singin' in the Rain is one of the greatest musical movies of all time, if not the best. This film was adapted from the original award-winning screenplay composed by Broadway legends, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden, Singin' in the Rain. This movie is directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, creating a beloved and enduring movie like any other. The two directors teamed up perfectly; Kelly handled every musical number while Donen took care of the other aspects. The film accounts for all the scenes, songs as well as dances. These two films are perfect entertainment for all fans of the Golden Age of Movie Musicals.
Casablanca was released in 1942, during the World War II. Although this film is viewed as a political allegory, it qualifies as a war movie because, during the same month, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese which changed the history of America from neutrality by drawing them into the war. However, the theme of war is overwhelmed by the wide-ranging theme of sacrifice and love. All the characters reflect on how their love for one another. Rick shows his love and obsession for Ilsa who appears again in Casablanca and eventually changes his cause in a devastating way, the same way Japanese's attack on Pearl Harbor hit America.
The title of the movie Casablanca is explained in the storyline of this movie. This movie was named after the city of Casablanca in French Morocco, where major most of the scenes of the film are obtained. The title is meant to explain the importance of Casablanca in French-ruled Morocco. During the Second World War, there were a lot of people who wanted to escape Europe and go to America, and Lisbon, turning Casablanca to the most popular exit port. Additionally, Casablanca hosted the 1943 Casablanca Conference, in which the US President Roosevelt and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill held their discussion about the progress of the ongoing war. Casablanca also hosted a large US air base, becoming the staging area for every American aircraft for
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