Casablanca: Judgment and Dynamic Enclaves in Law and Cinema

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 42, No. 2, p. 202, 2004

27 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Shulamit Almog

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Amnon Reichman

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

By interpreting the narrative and imagery of the film Casablanca, this article seeks to explore the concept of law as enclave. An enclaves is a domain-physical, virtual-emotional, conceptual, social or other-defined by certain boundaries and rules of entrance and exit. We argue that Casablanca is about constructing and reconstructing such enclaves. The structure of a pending journey between enclaves organizes the events taking place in Casablanca and constitutes their dynamic nature. Enclaves, we argue, are central to the structure and operation of the law. Recognizing the enclitic nature of law allows us a better grasp of the ethical dimensions of legal practices and reasoning, Further, it makes apparent the oft-overlooked aesthetic dimensions of normative judgments in law (and in film). Our analysis of Casablanca's legal aspects is one example of how law and film may be juxtaposed. Such juxtaposition enriches our understating of the concepts that structure law and offers a nuances reading of ethical judgment practiced within the legal and cinematic discourses.

Keywords: casablanca, film, cinema, enclaves, ethics, emotions, judgment, WW2

JEL Classification: K1, K19, K49, K39, K3, H56, N4

Suggested Citation

Almog, Shulamit and Reichman, Amnon, Casablanca: Judgment and Dynamic Enclaves in Law and Cinema (2004). Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 42, No. 2, p. 202, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1469508

Shulamit Almog (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

Amnon Reichman

University of Haifa - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Carmel
Haifa, 31905
Israel

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