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On ‘Casablanca,’ True Love, and the Importance of Memories

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “We’ll always have Paris.” So goes one of the many famous quotes from Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, a Best Picture-winning wartime romance film that is hailed by some as the greatest Hollywood movie ever made. Released in 1942 as World War II …

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On Greed and Father-Son Relationships in ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Definition of “parable”: a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. In many ways, this is what the Indiana Jones films are at their core: highly-entertaining parables with simple but relevant themes such as the drastic consequences of …

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On ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and Why Marriage Matters

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll have what she’s having.” So goes the legendary line delivered by director Rob Reiner’s mother at the end of a decidedly off-color (if undeniably funny) scene in the classic 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. This particular scene signifies …

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Pride, Fatalism, and Human Connection in ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Madness. Madness!” So go the tragic final words of David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), a spectacular and deeply-moving WWII adventure film that still entertains and challenges over sixty years later. Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Sessue …

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Will Armstrong Discusses Crafting the World of ‘The Long Road Home’

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 – By Sam Hendrian – After graduating from JPCatholic’s MBA in Film Producing in 2013, Chicago suburbs native Will Armstrong has gone on to work multiple jobs in the Hollywood film industry. He has always had an eye for production design and most recently worked as an Assistant Art Director on National Geographic’s mini-series The Long …

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MBA Students Attend Sundance Film Festival

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 – By Sam Hendrian – This past January, JPCatholic directing professor Nathan Scoggins took four MBA students to Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival. Staged in Park City, Utah, and founded in 1978, it showcases films of all genres from filmmakers around the world. The four students who attended were Mary Pelchat, Vince Salerno, Gabe …

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Script Reading Series at JPCatholic

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 – By Sam Hendrian – Every movie, from the dullest of dull to the most dazzlingly cinematic, begins as words on a page. These words on a page compose what is known as the script, an often unsung but inestimably important part of the movie-making process. What are acclaimed cinematic treasures like The Godfather, Citizen Kane, …