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    Political Philosophy Comes to Ricks: Casablanca and American Civic Culture (Applications of Political Theory (Paperback)) (Paperback) Edited by James F. Pontuso, Contributions by Nivedita N. Bagchi, Contributions by Paul A. Cantor, Contributions by Leon Harold Craig, Contributions by Kenneth M. de Luca, Contributions by Ralph S. Hattox, Contributions by Peter A. Lawler, Contributions by David K. Nichols, Contributions by Mary P. Nichols, Contributions by Michael Palmer

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    DescriptionCasablanca is a movie about love and loss, virtue and vice, good and evil, duty and treachery, courage and weakness, friendship and hate. It is a story that ends well, but only because the main characters make a heartbreaking choice. Casablanca is perhaps the most widely viewed motion picture ever made, often finishing on critics' lists second only to Citizen Kane. What accounts for its continuing popularity? What chord does it strike with audiences? What lesson does Casablanca teach Americans about themselves? What influence does popular culture have on public mores? The contributors to Political Philosophy Comes to Rick's take up these questions, finding that Casablanca raises many of the most important issues of political philosophy. Perhaps Casablanca has an enduring quality because it, like political philosophy, raises questions of human life - the nature of love, friendship, courage, honor, responsibility, and justice.


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    Title
    Political Philosophy Comes to Ricks
    Subtitle
    Casablanca and American Civic Culture
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by James F. Pontuso, Contributions by Nivedita N. Bagchi, Contributions by Paul A. Cantor, Contributions by Leon Harold Craig, Contributions by Kenneth M. de Luca, Contributions by Ralph S. Hattox, Contributions by Peter A. Lawler, Contributions by David K. Nichols, Contributions by Mary P. Nichols, Contributions by Michael Palmer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780739111130
    ISBN 10: 0739111132
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: APF, HP
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    DC22: 791.4372
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PER004030
    DC22: 791.43/72
    BISAC V2.8: PHI026000
    LC classification: PN1997.C352 P65 2005
    Thema V1.0: QD, ATF
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Lexington Books
    Imprint name
    Lexington Books
    Publication date
    30 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham, MD
    Author Information
    James F. Pontuso is Elliot Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College.
    Review quote
    Without doubt, Casablanca is one of the greatest American films ever made; part of its enduring appeal, the essays in this volume reveal, lies in its ability to reflect the timeless ideas which permeate popular culture. James Pontuso has assembled an eclectic group of essays, exploring the film's moment in history, its place in the careers of Michael Curtiz and Humphrey Bogart, and - most importantly, perhaps - its lessons about the American character and about the relationship between individual happiness and moral or political obligation. -- Christine Henderson, Liberty Fund, Inc. ... an imaginative text that treats cinema in a manner befitting its status, namely, as the new literary genre. Perspectives on Politics We tend to forget that the past is often a selective past, fashioned mostly by persons who are of a different time and place, and often according to the fancies of the historian. Such forgetfulness is not evident in James Pontuso's wonderful collection ofessays on one of the landmarks of film, Casablanca. The authors judiciously balance their concern for the enduring political and philosophic questions that emerge throughout the film and a deft understanding of the changes in artistic media and historical context through which those questions are shaped. Political Philosophy Comes to Rick's is a rare form of cultural criticism that works astutely within film medium. The philosophic and political claims are not forced or tortured. We are invited to listen, think, see, and feel.. -- Eduardo A. Velasquez, Washington and Lee University We tend to forget that the past is often a selective past, fashioned mostly by persons who are of a different time and place, and often according to the fancies of the historian. Such forgetfulness is not evident in James Pontuso's wonderful collection of essays on one of the landmarks of film, Casablanca. The authors judiciously balance their concern for the enduring political and philosophic questions that emerge throughout the film and a deft understanding of the changes in artistic media and historical context through which those questions are shaped. Political Philosophy Comes to Rick's is a rare form of cultural criticism that works astutely within film medium. The philosophic and political claims are not forced or tortured. We are invited to listen, think, see, and feel. -- Eduardo A. Velasquez, Washington and Lee University
    Table of contents
    Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 "As Time Goes By": Casablanca and the Evolution of a Pop Culture Classic Chapter 3 The Historical Context of Casablanca Chapter 4 Historicism, Relativism, and Nihilism, versus American Natural Right in Casablanca Chapter 5 Seductive Beauty and Noble Deeds: Politics in The English Patient and Casablanca Chapter 6 An American Fantasy? Love, Nobility, and Friendship in Casablanca Chapter 7 Casablanca and the "Truth" of Stereotyping: Rick and the American Character Chapter 8 Ilsa's Choice: Love and Tragedy in Casablanca Chapter 9 Bogart's Heroes: The Changing Face of Heroism in American Film Chapter 10 Michael Curtiz: The Mystery-Man Director of Casablanca Chapter 11 On the Argument of Casablanca and The Meaning of the Third Rick Chapter 12 A Movie Skeptic's Thoughts on Casablanca