Monday, August 14, 2017

Casablanca’s Awards and Accolades

An experienced business executive and entrepreneur, Jeffery S. Fraser is a current investor in the job-matching firm Job Pose and the owner of Tsaina Lodge in Alaska. Outside of his professional work, Jeffery Fraser is a fan of Casablanca.

Released in 1942 and 1943, Casablanca is an American drama film set during World War II. Filmed in Hollywood and distributed by Warner Brothers, the film collected $3.7 million at the box office on a budget of $878,000. 

Casablanca received positive critical acclaim and has continued to grow in popularity over time. In addition to winning academy awards for best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay, the film has been recognized multiple times, including by noted film critic Roger Ebert, as the best film of all time. Moreover, the United States National Film Registry decided to preserve Casablanca due to its cultural significance, and the film was entered into the Online Film & Television Association Hall of Fame.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Casablanca Poster Artist Reveals Key Element Missing from Early Drafts

Jeffery Scott Fraser invests in Job Pose, a company working to improve the methods used to match employers with people seeking jobs. Also the owner of Alaska’s Tsaina Lodge, Jeffery S. Fraser counts the 1942 classic Casablanca as his favorite movie. 

In a 2013 interview with the design blog UnBeige, artist and movie poster designer Bill Gold revealed that early drafts of his iconic Casablanca poster were missing a key prop that ties the whole poster together: Humphrey Bogart’s gun. The image of Bogart pointing his gun while wearing a white fedora and trench coat is lifted from the film’s finale, in which Bogart uses said gun to shoot the Nazi commander who was chasing him.

In the interview, Gold relayed that the Casablanca poster was one of his first, and that he’d thought a montage showing all of the film’s major characters would be enough. Upon review, however, the powers-that-be requested Gold add more excitement to the scene, inspiring him to add Bogart’s gun to the poster. 

Now in his 90s, Bill Gold is responsible for a number of other iconic film posters, including those for The Exorcist, Unforgiven, A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, and Alien.