Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Train of Thought Lounge: Die Wacht am Rhein v. La Marseillaise

No lesson here. Just watched Casablanca recently, and this scene, not the smaller tragedy between Bogart and Bergman, always brings me to tears.

It's funny how blatantly propagandist the film is (in this scene and elsewhere), and how much that strangely improves it. That its creators felt it would have an effect on the feelings of those who could make a difference in the war makes it so much more real for a viewer more than sixty five years later.

This will be better if you know the characters and can appreciate the turning point in the plot that this scene represents. But just imagine being an exile from an occupied country. And remember, this was filmed in 1942:

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