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Tag Archives: Casablanca

Kaze: Through with Pauline Kael

image of a german poster for "the Red Shoes"

A couple of Fridays ago I tucked myself in on the couch and watched, for the fourth or fifth time, The Red Shoes. I’m no expert on ballet movies, but my guess is that The Red Shoes is the most … Read more »

What Makes a Great Movie? Notes on Casablanca

Photo of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca

The Oscars Week Fest at 317am continues today with the nearly impossible question posed by our title. One way of getting at the issue of great movies would be to collect a list of such films and then extract their … Read more »

Pick Six Great Movies

image of dooley wilson and bogey in "casablanca"

Whenever I teach my short-story class, I find myself talking about the movies.  I’ve always presumed that my adult-ed students, few of whom were ever English majors, are less likely to have Flannery O’Connor in common than Casablanca. But there’s … Read more »

Don’t Kill Your Characters (reprise)

Image of Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab

(While I’m away, here’s something to think about before you knock off another protagonist.)  I mentioned some time ago that in my short story class I have very few rules. One of them is this: “No writing about serial killers.” … Read more »

So René Descartes walks into a bar…

Caricature of Rene Descartes

Did you notice, in that post I wrote last week about the value of brainstorming your story ideas, that I slipped in a little test of your cultural expertise?  It was the post about how daunting it can be to … Read more »

What Do Casablanca, King Kong, Citizen Kane, and Your Favorite Stories Have in Common? A Writer’s Trick.

Image of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.

Storytelling is your chance to play God.  But God doesn’t always have to make sense, whereas you probably do.  Storytellers know that the proof is in the ending.  If it resonates with the audience, if it feels true in light … Read more »