Marc Aug+¬ was eleven or twelve years old when he first saw Casablanca. Made in 1942 but not released in France until 1947, the film had a profound effect on him. Like cinephiles everywhere, Aug+¬ was instantly drawn to Rick BlaineGÇÖs mysterious past, his friendship with Sam and Captain Renault, and IlsaGÇÖs stirring, seductive beauty. The filmGÇöwith its recurring scenes of waiting, menace, and flightGÇöoccupies a significant place in Aug+¬GÇÖs own memory of his uprooted childhood and the wartime exploits of his family. Marc Aug+¬GÇÖs elegant and thoughtful essay on film and the nature of both personal and collective memory contends that some of our most haunting memories are deeply embedded in the cinema.
University of Minnesota Press
Movies and Memory