Pre-cult: Casablanca, radio adaptation, and transmedia in the 1940s

  title={Pre-cult: Casablanca, radio adaptation, and transmedia in the 1940s},
  author={Barbara Klinger},
  journal={New Review of Film and Television Studies},
  pages={45 - 62}
  • B. Klinger
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Art
  • New Review of Film and Television Studies
In cult film studies, there is a tendency to perceive a ‘disconnect’ between the period in which a film is first released and that which marks its cult ascendancy. In this paper, I reconsider this notion, by examining what I call the ‘pre-cult’ phase of a film's life cycle and the nature of its continuities with cult formation. For my case study, I turn to Casablanca, one of the oldest and most influential classical cult films, and to its star, Humphrey Bogart; both film and star became cult in… 
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