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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

"‘Such Much?’ Jews and Other Refugees in Casablanca"

10/16/18, 7:30 PM

About this event

Although Casablanca (1942) has been called “everyone’s favorite émigré film,” in the memorable formulation by Thomas Elsaesser, rarely is it discussed in this vein. Drawing on research undertaken for his recent book, Isenberg seeks to refocus attention on the dozens of refugees at work on both sides of the camera, on the strangely evocative if also veiled commentary on historical events, and on the furtive references to Jews and other targets of Nazi persecution. One of the most cherished love stories and wartime dramas of the studio era may also be seen as one of the earliest and most successful films to address the menace of National Socialism, the flight of European refugees, and the personal stories embodied in even the most minor characters portrayed on screen.

Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. He is the author of We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie (2017), which landed on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review.

Cosponsored by:
German, Scandinavian & Dutch, German & European Studies, Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Event Location
  • Temple Israel
  • 2324 Emerson Avenue South
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA