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Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:

Date Night!
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  
Instructor: Amy Corbin, Ph.D., Media and Communication, Muhlenberg College

Casablanca (1942) is one of those films that moves viewers across generations, yet also offers a time capsule of a dramatic moment in world history. In this seminar, we’ll explore the narrative and stylistic choices that make Casablanca so engaging while also learning about its contribution to supporting America’s role in World War II. Casablanca epitomizes the classical Hollywood style, and a close study reveals how a simple storytelling formula is able to make such an emotional impact. We’ll examine how the dialogue and cinematography work together to make Bogart’s Rick such a mysterious yet compelling character, how the film tugs at our desire to see him and Ilsa together, and how it reconciles us to their inevitable parting. 

Casablanca also offers a window into the precarious times of 1942, a year that ended with the Allies invading North Africa to wrest control of the region from the Nazi-aligned Vichy French government. The film allegorizes the role of the United States as a haven for refugees, celebrates American intervention in the war, and depicts diverse European characters uniting in opposition to the Nazis. Finally, we’ll study how the character of African-American piano player Sam was meant to demonstrate racial harmony and the impact he had on African-American audiences. Join us for a new look at a true classic.

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Additional showtimes can be found here.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.

Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:

  1. On site, at BMFI, in one of our theaters: Register online, via the “ON SITE” button under the “Course Information” heading.
  2. You will also be able to “attend” this seminar in our Remote Classroom, but it is currently undergoing renovations. Please check back or sign up for our emails to find out when it’s reopening.

Please email BMFI Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.


Course Information

$25 for members, $35 for non-members

On Site

  • Tuesday, August 30 · 6:30 pm