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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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American Cinema of Choice

American Cinema of Choice

(p.79) American Cinema of Choice
Love in Motion

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This chapter examines the Hollywood classical narrative cinema of the 1940s and 1950s. Classical narrative cinema consists of an explicit integration of mise en scène and narrative, character development and action, dialogue and sequence. In the classical American love film, characters, the events that happen to them and the words they say, or that are said of them, gravitate around a moral center, which can be a problem or a choice. The moral space of the film is the horizon of an implicit thought process that the characters go through, or will have gone through, in order to complete the actions of the story. The film Casablanca narrates two parallel and separate trajectories of choice. The love relation in the film consists in this reciprocity of a choice situation.

Keywords:   American cinema, classical narrative cinema, classical American love film, moral core, choice, Casablanca

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