Casablanca Essay

Give a detailed critique of the 1942 classic film, Casablanca, and explain whether or not it is an example of wartime propaganda.

Essential Viewing:

Casablanca, 1942, Directed by Michael Curtiz

Length: 2000 words

Must be original (Must pass Turn-It-In)

Must be well written, good grammar etc.

APA referencing.

Recommended Reading:

Sennett, Alan. 2009. ‘Play It Again, Uncle Sam,’ Journal Of Popular Film & Television 37, no. 1: 2-8.

Text: Gorman and McLean, Media and Society into the 21st Century, Chapter 6

Readings: Reading 5: Ian Kershaw, ‘How Effective Was Nazi Propaganda?’

Additional Readings:

Reading C: from Jeffrey Herf, The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust

Reading D: Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, ‘Will this picture help win the war?’

Reading E: from Peter Kenez, The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization 1917-1929

Reading F: Kathy Lewis, ‘Eyes of the Reich’

Reading List: [more important and useful introductory titles are marked with an asterisk]


*Balfour, M., Propaganda in War, 1939-1945.

*Carruthers, S.L., The Media at War: Communication and Conflict in the Twentieth Century.

Ellul, J., Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes.

*Jowett, G., and O'Donnell, V., Propaganda and Persuasion.

Knightley, P., The First Casualty.

*Pronay, N., and Spring, D.W. (eds.), Propaganda, Politics and Film, 1918-45.

Reeves, N., The Power of Film Propaganda: Myth or Reality?

*Short, K.R.M. (ed.), Film and Radio Propaganda in World War II.

*Taylor, P.M., Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda from the Ancient World to the Present Era.

Thomson, O., Mass Persuasion in History.

*Ward, K., Mass Communications in the Modern World.

Totalitarian propaganda

Allen, W.S., The Nazi Seizure of Power.

Applebaum, A. Gulag: A History.

Baird, J.W., To Die for Germany: Heroes in the Nazi Pantheon.

Bracher, K.D., The German Dictatorship.

Brooks, J., Thank You, Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture From Revolution to Cold War.

Bullock, A., Hitler, a Study of Tyranny.

Christie, I., and Taylor, R. (eds.), Eisenstein Rediscovered.

Christie, I., and Taylor, R. (eds.), The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents 1896-1939.

Cuomo, G.R. (ed.), National Socialist Cultural Policy.

Davies, S., Popular Opinion in Stalin's Russia.

Elliott, D., New Worlds: Russian Art and Society 1900-1937.

Fest, J.C., The Face of the Third Reich.

Fitzpatrick, S., Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s.

Golomstock, I., Totalitarian Art.

Gordon, S., Hitler, Germans, and the 'Jewish Question'.

Grunberger, R., A Social History of the Third Reich.

Heiber, H., Goebbels.

Hellbeck, J., Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary under Stalin.

*Herf, J., The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust. (Part of the book is included as Reading C).

Hitler, A., Mein Kampf.

Hoffmann, H., The Triumph of Propaganda: Film and National Socialism 1933-1945.

Keene, J., Treason on the Airwaves: Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II.

*Kenez, P., The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization 1917-1929. (Part of this book is included as Reading E)

Kenez, P., Cinema and Soviet Society 1917-1953.

*Kershaw, I., The ‘Hitler Myth’: Image and Reality in the Third Reich.

Kershaw, I., The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation.

King, D., The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia.

Koonz, C., Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, Family Life and Nazi Ideology.

Manvell, R., Films and the Second World War.

Petley, J., Capital and Culture: German Cinema 1933-45.

Peukert, D.J.K., Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life.

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