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Casablanca (2-Disc Special Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Casablanca (2-Disc Special Edition) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart
Offered by DVDemon
Price: CDN$ 19.98
18 used & new from CDN$ 1.46

5.0 out of 5 stars T, July 23 2007
For me, the intriguing story of _Casablanca_ is not the story of Rick and Ilsa trapped between the reality of their present and the memory of their past.
No, the truly interesting story of _Casablanca_ is that which is revealed in the DVD's supplementary documentary, _You Must Remember This_. The creation of this true work of art in an environment dedicated to the mass production of films gives hope to every artist who's had to perform commercially. Indeed, one almost comes away from a behind-the-scenes exploration of _Casablanca_ with an actual appreciation of the way in which deadlines and pressure can help the artist make a better product.

_You Must Remember This_ is thus useful for its display of the whole "studio system" era in Hollywood. It gives a good glimpse into that time and could serve as a useful jumping-off point to anyone seriously studying the subject.

Likewise, the way in which the film's producers and director led the project is a fascinating exploration of management science. The film became legendary, I think, because the people at the top allowed great flexibility for those they led, and weren't afraid to play around with ideas offered even on the studio floor. I think MBA candidates would do well to look at the way this film was put together for enlightenment.

Still, I can't resist talking about the film itself. For me _Casablanca_ is the legend I return to in my own mind whenever there are romantic crises in my life. I think that part of the reason that this movie has survived is because it offers a unique perspective on romantic disappointment. Instead of concluding with scorn or hatred of partners who've left one hanging, it says that people can have noble reasons for causing pain. It also says that ultimately pain is eased when one achieves understanding of the other person. I'm not sure that any major American film gives such a positive spin to heartbreak as this one.

It's thus not at all hard for me to recommend the DVD version of this product, for the excellent supplementary documentary alone, and the movie itself, for the surprising values it discovers in the heart of a morally ambiguous Morocco.

Straight Man: A Novel
Straight Man: A Novel
by Richard Russo
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
136 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great author, July 23 2007
This review is from: Straight Man: A Novel (Paperback)
I hate to admit that when I picked this book, I did so for the title and description, having NO IDEA that Russo was the author--the same great author who wrote EMPIRE FALLS. No wonder this book knocked me out. In the same great tradition as Foer's EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED or perhaps McCrae's KATZENJAMMER, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will not be for everyone. You have to think, appreciate details, and be willing to surrender yourself to the author--trust him and his style and technique. On a scale of one to five, this is definitely a ten.

Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter
by Vincent Bugliosi
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, July 23 2007
This review is from: Helter Skelter (Paperback)
i hate to say that i am an obsessor of the Manson Murders. but only because i think that it is a very interesting concept. although while reading this book i was frightened beyond belief! i loved this book and Bugliosi did a fantastic job not only as the prosecutor, but as an author! it's like he got into the mind of a madman! Charles Manson was a most unreal individual and Bugliosi did a wonderful job describing him and his Family. i loved how the book described and explained not only Manson, but his famed family members as well. this book takes you step by grueling step of the separate murder investigations of Tate-Labianca, Hinman, and many others as well as the courtroom trial hearings...including Mansons most famous line of all time...you know which one I'm speaking of. If you have seen the movie Helter Skelter, and even if you haven't, you should really consider buying this book. it is as good, if not better than the movie! sit back, get into the mind of a mastermind and see what truly was going on in his head...you will be amazed. and after you read this book, realize that Manson is still around today... Must also recommend the books: McCrae's KATZENJAMMER for great fun and weird situations, and the novel IN COLD BLOOD by Capote. Very good books, all.

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