Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage  

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"When all the archetypes burst out shamelessly, we plumb the depths of Homeric profundity. Two cliches make us laugh but a hundred cliches moves us because we sense dimly that the cliches are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion . . . Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime." -- Umberto Eco, "Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) from Travels in Hyperreality

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"Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) is an essay by Umberto Eco on cult movies, intertextuality and Casablanca. The essay is collected in Travels in Hyperreality.



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