Casablanca: The Exemplification of Film in the 1940s and 50s

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With the rise of popular culture in the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood film studios, music, television, and magazines became of great significance, considering that they were a key role in encouraging society to embrace changes and overcome our uncertainties.
Enlisted by the United States government, the entertainment industry displayed various forms of wartime propaganda through films, radio, and even comic books. It was not unusual to see or hear an advertisement saying, “Do your part for the war effort.” Often times, this statement would follow up with how one could help. Hollywood was very meticulous when trying to convey a certain message. The film Casablanca provides a perfect example of how the film industry helped Americans understand the changes that were about to take place. Humphrey Bogart plays the character of Rick Blaine. He is a hard ass and always seems to have a lingering chip on his shoulder. In reality, his character reflected the attitude that most Americans held during the pre-war era. After all, we became involved in World War I and not long after, harder times followed as a result of the Depression. Many had preferred that the country rest in solitude rather than being dragged through another war. As the film continues on, we see other parallelisms that coincide with the 1940s perspective. Ingrid Bergman’s character, Iilsa, seems to act as a mediator between Rick and…
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