I once read (I have no idea where) that Casablanca took place in a “Hollywood Dreamland”; it’s setting was in a specific world that was created by the Hollywood studio system. The geographical location didn’t matter, but the production design was of a certain style. I’m looking for suggestions of more movies that take place in settings like this.
I wish I could be more specific, but a quote from Lubitsch is the best I can do: “I have been to Paris, France and to Paris, Paramount. I prefer Paris, Paramount.”
There’s certainly and old-school sound-stage studio ‘look’ that’s been lost for a variety of reasons, looking back at the days when the studio system was considered more a Ford-like assembly line of production than the blockbuster fretters of today. Casablanca shows an economy of narrative and shooting techniques that to me underlines its assembly-line shooting logistics. It’s pretty much an example of the high quality of work that can be created within that system, in fact an economy of storytelling technique that is rarely seen anymore in cinema.
Yes, I’m particularly interested in the production design of that era. I was watching Footlight Parade the other day and it felt like a dream, and I think the set design is the major factor in evoking that feeling.
Yes. Not a fan, but nevertheless this shot is very surreal for it’s otherwise straightforward narrative information. "She lives in the docks = lower class and slightly impoverished’, but that ‘information’ itself is through the studio-sound-stage system a “Holy shit there’s a goddamned ship running into her apartment.”
TOP HAT — Venice Italy vs. Venice Hollywood.
ONE FROM THE HEART — Vegas NV vs. Vegas Zoetrope.
“Hollywood Dreamland” helped get people through The Great Depression and WWll.
Coppola’s One From the Heart
that’s a great clip gf xD