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alicia.rasley
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Evelyn, yes, I think this really works because it dashes our romantic expectation that the boy gets the girl– because then we have to think about the particular context– the film was made in early 1942, when millions of young men were having to leave their sweethearts, perhaps forever, and go help save the world.

There’s a wonderful signal to that in the soundtrack. In the film, there’s a love theme (As Time Goes By), that plays in the romantic moments (and also has an effect on the plot).

There’s also a war theme (La Marseillaise) that also forces a change in the plot, and signifies the commitment to the anti-fascist cause. THAT is what is playing in the background in the END scene.

That’s another illustration of how emotion can be EMBEDDED in a scene.

 

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