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Women In Hollywood: Pre-code and Post War Eras - Slowly she asked "Is anyone there?" as she walked down the dark deserted road. When she heard a loud sound she turned abruptly trying again "Hello?" Met with only silence she picked up here pace almost running down the dirt road. Her nerves had just began to calm when she heard "WRRRREEENNNNNRRRRRRR" as a chainsaw started behind her. Running she started looking behind her hoping that whoever it was, wouldn’t catch her. With her lack of concentration she tripped over her high heels and face plants into the dirt, giving the murderer a chance to catch up....   [tags: Hollywood]
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Witchcraft In Hollywood - Witchcraft in Hollywood It is said by many that Hollywood is persuasive. People see something on television or in a motion picture and believe that what is shown is, in reality, true. Misconceptions will occur, and unless people are shown evidence against the delusions, it will be taken as fact. In the past, many groups have been poorly represented onscreen. Organizations such as the mafia, the government, the military, spies, gods, monsters, and others are just a small example of those prejudiced....   [tags: Hollywood Witchcraft ] 1787 words
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Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema - Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema INTRODUCTION During the course of this essay it is my intention to discuss the differences between Classical Hollywood and post-Classical Hollywood. Although these terms refer to theoretical movements of which they are not definitive it is my goal to show that they are applicable in a broad way to a cinema tradition that dominated Hollywood production between 1916 and 1960 and which also pervaded Western Mainstream Cinema (Classical Hollywood or Classic Narrative Cinema) and to the movement and changes that came about following this time period (Post-Classical or New Hollywood)....   [tags: History Hollywood Movies Films Essays]
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The Film Girl, Interrupted: Portrayal of Truth in Hollywood Films - The Film Girl, Interrupted: Portrayal of Truth in Hollywood Films Most people are likely to relate Hollywood with money. If a person lives in the Hollywood area, people assume she or he is probably rich. If she or he is a Hollywood movie star, the person probably makes a lot of money. Therefore, to follow that line of thought, when Hollywood producers make a movie, they make it just for money. And some filmmakers do seem to make films only for the money the movies will earn. The action movie "Die Hard", the fantasy movie "Star Wars", and the adventure movie "Jurassic Park" are examples of exciting movies that were made just for the money by satisfying the audiences' appetite for escapism....   [tags: Hollywood Film Girl Interrupted] 1679 words
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Hollywood Movies Compared to Other Countries' Movies - Hollywood Movies Compared to Other Countries' Movies Despite the fact that Hollywood films are popular all over the world, many believe that foreign films are better. Critics’ dislike of Hollywood films’ is due to the straight-line plots of the films in which nothing is left unclear, unsettling or unexplained and every shot is justified by a link to strictest cause and effect. Hollywood films are often viewed as dulling the mind. In this country people generally view films for mere entertainment....   [tags: Hollywood Entertainment Film Films Essays] 1284 words
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Paradoxical Hollywood - Every week numerous Hollywood movies and rereleases open in theaters, video stores, and online movie distributors nationwide: heartwarming films such as The Blind Side; laughter inducing and children captivating classics like Aladdin; movies about overcoming struggles such as the locally filmed movie, Gattaca. All these new movies and classics alike hold a particular place in our hearts and in our lives. Maybe because of a similarity to our own lives or the main character embraces characteristics we hold dear....   [tags: Media] 1841 words
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Hollywood's Asians - Hollywood’s Asians Asian Americans have been part of America for almost as long as its existence. From the Chinese laborers building the transcontinental railway, inner cities laundry services, to Asian farmers who have helped build the agriculture communities around the country, Asian American have contributed to the industries and economy of America. Despite their loyalty and contributions to this country, Asian Americans have been discriminated and considered as “unassimilable” by many Americans....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Vampires and Hollywood - Vampires have come out of the dark and into the Hollywood spotlight by dominating best-selling books, movies, and television shows. The media has transformed the vampire over the years from what they look like, their emotions, what kills them, and most importantly, what they eat. Originally, they were creatures who hunted only at night because the sunlight would burn them so they could quench their thirst from human blood. The tables are slowly turning on the original vampire and changing it into a Hollywood heartthrob....   [tags: vampires,] 419 words
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The South and Hollywood - While the Deep South can be known for ground breaking racial issues, the plots in certain movies might have even bigger, more relevant social issues. “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.” This quote is directly from director Tate Taylor’s movie The Help, personalized from the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. The Help follows one Caucasian, wealthy young woman Skeeter (portrayed by Emma Stone) and the connections and relationships she shares with several African American domestic workers or “babysitters” (portrayed by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer)....   [tags: Film] 1919 words
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Hollywood & History - Even though a vast majority of us wish that it was possible to turn back the hands of time and change or rewrite history. However, the truth of the matter is that we simply cannot. Everything happens for a reason, and we should learn to accept it. Accept it for what it is, rather than what we would like it to be. However, to often in Hollywood the city of glamour and glitz, fortune and fame, movie producers have a tendency and even feel at liberty to rewrite American history. In my opinion this is all done out of greed....   [tags: essays research papers] 511 words
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hollywood on trial - hollywood on trial The world is full of injustice. Of programs that want to accomplish the right things but get twisted by the people that run them. This essay will deal with the reasons and Birth of the Hays Commission, the ludicrous steps they took to add "morality" to the motion picture industry, and some other sensors of the time. All things said in this essay are true and taken from the Hays correspondence its self. It is a known fact that sex sells. It is used by advertisers to get us to by there product, and likewise it is used by producers and directors to get us to see their films....   [tags: essays papers] 889 words
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The Great Depression's Impact on Hollywood - Hollywood has influenced American history since it began. It boosted and shaped the morale of a nation for almost a century. But Hollywood has not only been the influencing American society, it has been influenced by American society. In the 1920s, American society was booming; people were getting rich, spending and borrowing money, and they thought life was looking good. Then in October of 1929 the stock market crashed. Many people lost all they owned. People had invested all their money into the banks before the Crash....   [tags: great depression, film industry, american history]
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The First Latina to Conquer Hollywood - Hollywood has not always been accepting of Latinas. Current stars Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, and Penélope Cruz follow in the footsteps of pioneering Dolores Del Rio. Lauded as “The Princess of Mexico", Del Rio was a star whose allure captivated legendary figures Orson Wells, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, and Frida Kahlo. Fast friend Marlene Dietrich labeled Dolores, "The most beautiful woman in Hollywood. She has better legs than Dietrich and better cheekbones than Garbo". A beauty that lead to wild rumors of an orchid petal diet, or that Del Rio slept 16 hours a day to maintain her loveliness....   [tags: Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Penélope Cruz] 2976 words
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F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood - F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood "I saw the novel...was becoming subordinated to a mechanical...art...I had a hunch that the talkies would make even the best selling novelist as archaic as silent pictures." (Mizener 165) F. Scott Fitzgerald was keenly aware of the shift in the public's interest from novels to movies. This change made Hollywood stand alone for Fitzgerald as the sole means for expressing his talent and for gaining appropriate recognition, as well as the new way to make money. For F....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Speech on Restricting Hollywood's Influence - Speech on Restricting Hollywood's Influence Ladies and Gentlemen it is my honour to be here tonight proposing the motion “This house believes in restricting Hollywood’s influence.” In my speech I will be following up on arguments introduced by my partner. This includes the promotion of smoking, the political influence of Hollywood and the use of it’s monopoly to spread the American way of thinking throughout the world. However after having listened quite attentively to the 1st opposer’s speech, I feel obliged to comment on some arguments brought up by him that seemed irrelevant/ unsupported....   [tags: Papers] 615 words
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Classical Hollywood Cinema - Classical Hollywood Cinema Classical Hollywood cinema is a character-centered cinema. Its characters are more or less stable, knowable, and psychologically coherent individuals who possess clearly defined, specific goals. Although this cinema is also a plot driven or action cinema, characters stand in the center and interact with them. Over the course of the narrative characters struggle to achieve their goals or solve their problems. They overcome those who stand in their way (villains), triumphs over adverse circumstances (such as physical disabilities, nature or some other force) and /or transcend their own limitations (such as individual fears or weaknesses)....   [tags: Papers Film Movies] 454 words
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Ernest Hemingway and Hollywood - Hemingway and Hollywood "I try, when I'm writing a screenplay from somebody's original work, to be as faithful to it as I can be, within the limitations of a screenplay and remembering that the novel medium and the screen medium are entirely different" -Screenwriter, Casey Robinson, (Laurence 12). Hollywood attempted twice, but it still could not produce a film adaptation of A Farewell to Arms that Hemingway considered to do literary justice to his classic novel. The first effort was in 1932 when Paramount producer Frank Borzage used ridiculous publicity stunts to lure audiences, such as sending letters to women stamped REJECTED BY CENSORS....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Hollywood's Biggest Stars - Hollywood's Biggest Stars Where do Hollywood’s biggest stars come from. Why do we consider them to be the top of the many actors and actresses that show up in movies every month. Is their success and popularity the public’s doing, or does it stem from somewhere else, somewhere like Hollywood itself. I‘d say the latter is as probable as the former. Let us take Julia Roberts for example. Certainly not the most beautiful of all of Hollywood’s actresses, what makes Julia Roberts so special in the minds of Americans....   [tags: Actors Actresses Famous Papers] 2285 words
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The Impact of Hollywood on the World - The Impact of Hollywood on the World In this piece of writing I will be looking at the impact of 'Hollywood' on the world. The word 'Hollywood' is used as a collective word across most of the world when we talk about media throughout the world such as; films, television programmes, music and global broadcasters such as MTV and Disney. It is believed that Hollywoodaffects a lot of things people do, think and say....   [tags: Papers] 508 words
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The Post-Modern Reality of Hollywood - The Post-Modern Reality of Hollywood The shower of bullets leave white grooved funnels in the air, as the hero in slow motion leans back to avoid the deadly aims of the gunmen—all the while his black trench-coat billows underneath him. The saddened husband in heaven spans the chasm of hell to be reincarnated with his soul-mate wife. The young business executive places the pistol in his mouth, his blood-shot eyes rolling upwards as beads of sweat trickle down his grimy face. Moments later, after the bullet has been released into his head he turns to see that his nemesis, his alter-ego, is now dead on the concrete....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Cultural Report: Hollywood 1900-1940 - Cultural Report: Hollywood 1900-1940 Since even before its inception, the idea of “Hollywood” has been consistently concerned with a single underlying concept: spectacle. The earliest movies belonged to what film historians like Tom Gunning call a “cinema of attractions.” Primitive films, the earliest shorts from the late 1890s to the early 1900s, were directed at an audience looking for a new form of entertainment. The first films were screened as the final attraction of a vaudeville show, mostly in the lower-class areas of major cities....   [tags: Movies Film Papers]
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Hollywood's Life Saver - Hollywood's Life Saver For years Hollywood has been the land of stars and cinema; a place where dreams are made, and all of life seems perfect. However, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood has often masked some of Hollywood's biggest stars' alcoholism and drug problems. The string of never ending parties, and the increasing amount of drugs that are being used on club circuits, frequented by many of Hollywood's elite, became all too familiar for two of Hollywood's young rising stars, Drew Barrymore and the late River Phoenix....   [tags: Entertainment Movies Papers] 2398 words
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Hollywood vs history - History vs. Hollywood The Patriot The Revolutionary war, sparked by the colonist’s anger towards taxation without representation, was a conflict between the United States and its mother country Great Britain. This event had been considered the most significant event in the American history. It separated the thirteen colonies from the tyrannical ruling of King George. The revolutionary war was not a big war, “The military conflict was, by the standards of later wars, a relatively modest one....   [tags: essays research papers] 922 words
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Hollywood - The Monster’s Human Nature Summary Essay Hollywood has played a big part is our lives. Growing up we’ve seen numerous movies, some that scared us others that touch us, and those images stayed with us forever. So what happens when Hollywood takes a classic piece of literature such as Frankenstein and turns into a monster movie. It transforms the story so much that now some 50 years later, people think of Frankenstein as the monster instead of the monster’s creator. It became a classic monster movie and all the high values of the original were forever lost....   [tags: essays research papers] 729 words
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Villains in Hollywood Films - Villains in Hollywood Films Alfred Hitchcock once said "The better the villain, the better the film" and this year's Hollywood filmmakers have abided by this golden rule as there was no stopping this year's summer blockbusters from having a whole horde of villainous characters spreading their wings onto the big screen, making the darker side more appealing for audiences. Everybody has gone villain this year, from Tom Cruise to Halle Berry, from the not- so-friendly extra terrestrials in Alien Vs Predator to Spiderman's sworn enemy Dr Octopus, played by Alfred Molina....   [tags: Papers] 2474 words
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Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films - Stereotyping of Hispanics in Hollywood's Films "[Cinema] manipulates the human psychology, sociology, religion, and morality of the people..."(Cine-Aztlan 175). I has been said to be used by capitalists and socialists as a powerful weapon in the struggle for social justice. In all the Hollywood films and documentaries about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, none have escapes stereotypes. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Thomas Martinez states that the "symbolic function of advertising in one level of understanding the racist implications of the mass media, especially regarding the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans"(Camplis, in Noriega 284)....   [tags: Movies Films Essays Hispanics] 485 words
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Audrey Hepbrun: A Hollywood Fairytale - Outline I. Intro: Thesis- Audrey Hepburn took a difficult childhood and turned it into a gilded fairytale effortlessly. II. Family Life/Growing up: A-Shyness B-Turbulent family III. Suffering in Holland: A-Reasoning to return 1. Childhood in Holland B-"Aware of suffering and fear" IV. Dancing: A-Love of Dancing B-Chorus girl V. Getting into acting: A-Getting started 1....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Exploring Hollywood Films - Exploring Hollywood Films A genre is a certain type of film and they are each defined by certain codes and conventions. Within a genre there can be different categories these are known as sub-genres, for example, a psychological thriller. There are also occasions when in a film there may be a combination of more than one genre this is known as a hybrid. Genre is an excellent way of classifying a film. Audiences will know what to expect when they go too see a film as they will know if they normally like, thrillers, for example then they make the choice of seeing it....   [tags: Papers] 487 words
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Hollywood - Lies and Misrepresentations - Hollywood - Lies and Misrepresentations In Hollywood, many filmmakers portray a distorted view of the Internet. Filmmakers do this by giving out misinformation on topics (i.e. Sharks-Jaws, Internet-The Net) that the public knows little about. When people know little about a specific topic, they begin to fear that issue. People fear the movie because they shut down their brain and tune into their senses, completely letting go of common knowledge. The public does not like to think about the movie....   [tags: Film Movies]
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Hollywood vs. History: The Alamo - Hollywood vs. History: The Alamo The Alamo was one of the most astounding and critical battles of our country. Its men were ruthless in their bravery and love of their country. Their mission for independence lives on in the hearts of all American’s today. Their legacy lives on forever and their courageous souls are still in the heart of the people of the lone star state. This is the story of bravery, love, tyranny, and liberty. This is the story of the Alamo The battle of the Alamo only spanned an approximate 13 days yet it’s a very critical battle in winning the independence of Texas and helping expand the United States to the west....   [tags: essays research papers] 1556 words
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History Vs. Hollywood - Film makers use many historical events to spark up and idea for a movie. One historical event that is commonly used is war. One advantage a film maker has when using war as a movie plot is that there is already a lot of drama in war. This may seem like a good advantage for the film maker, however focusing on all of the drama of war leaves much of the actual info. When watching a war movie, you may feel like you have an understanding about the war, but when you really compare a war movie to an actual war you find that there is a lot of factual information left out....   [tags: Film] 523 words
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Westerns from Hollywood - Westerns from Hollywood In looking at the Westerns from Hollywood, it represents and propagates the American Manifest Destiny to the West. (1998, American Exceptionalism) The classic of these movies provide a glorification of the history where people settle in the west, and bring peace to the new land. Heroes were set in place, using violence against villains: Indians or corrupted westerners, to bring peace and order in the new land. I would like to focus on talking about the violence in westerns here....   [tags: Papers] 597 words
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How Asian Americans are Portrayed in Hollywood Movies - Asian American actors and actresses are portrayed in Hollywood movies as always being the silent and yielding foreign victims to social injustice and prejudice. Whether or not these depictions are true, they are nonetheless stereotypes that Hollywood producers have come up with. According to the US Census in the year 2000, Asian Americans make up 4.2% of the entire American population, and knowing that most Asian Americans live on the west and east coast of the United States, many Americans living in central parts of this country have not really been exposed to any Asian Americans....   [tags: Asian culture]
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Underrepresentation of the Female-Directed Films in Mainstream Hollywood - The Boy’s Club: Underrepresentation of the Female-Directed Films in Mainstream Hollywood Film scholar Louis Gianetti says, “In the field of cinema, the achievement of the Women’s Movement [of the 1960’s] has been considerable, though most present-day feminists would insist that there is still much to be accomplished in the battle against patriarchal values” (428). Gianetti’s words are an understatement. Women in Hollywood are underrated, underrepresented, and generally shoved into the background of the film industry....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Friendships and Hollywood in Lisi Harrison's "Dial L for Loser" - This story is about 3 really good friends who are twelve and travel from New York to Hollywood for an opportunity of a lifetime. They’re going to Hollywood to audition for a part in a movie, two of the girls get cut and become very jealous of the girl that makes it. Massie and Alicia are ready to pack their bags and go home, but Claire the girl that got the part, doesn’t want her friends to leave. So she asks around the studio and finds out that there is a job for the girls to film behind the scenes....   [tags: Dial L for Loser, Lisi Harrison,] 549 words
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Hollywood Propaganda: The Glorification of War by the Film Industry - ... These films portray the soldiers this way by showing soldiers’ emotional struggles such as writing letters to home, reading letters from home, watching a friend get wounded or die, and carrying pictures of the ones they love with them. One instance of this can be seen in the movie Jarhead when the main character, a soldier, continuously writes letters to home describing his emotions and struggles while stationed in the desert of the Middle East. Seeing these emotional struggles can make an audience feel more connected to the soldier by causing the audience to relate to the actions and feelings portrayed....   [tags: Let's Stop Glorifying War] 2268 words
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Hollywood and Nathaniel West's The Day of the Locust - Hollywood and Nathaniel West's The Day of the Locust Works Cited Missing Although set in the 1930s, Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust ironically resembles contemporary Hollywood. Within the glamorous setting of Hollywood, West’s characters take on multiple roles instead of assuming individual personalities. They put on and remove these imaginary personality masks, similar to those in the Commedia dell’Arte, to exhibit a range of emotions that only their character type would exhibit. Consequently, West’s characters are trapped in this restrictive atmosphere, especially at the end of the novel when they become part of a collective mob....   [tags: Nathaniel West Day Locust Esays] 3540 words
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Rock Hudsons Classic Hollywood Image - While the Hollywood film industry faced a decline from 1946-1960, Rock Hudson’s star was on the rise. In fact, by 1958, he had arrived. From then, until 1965 Rock Hudson was Hollywood’s golden boy. In 1959 The Hollywood Foreign Press declared Rock Hudson ‘the worlds most favorite male star’ (“Rock Hudson” 19). In the next five years, Rock would receive this honor four more times. It wasn’t just the Hollywood Foreign Press that appreciated Rock, in one interview Rock accredited his fans for recognizing his talent far before the critics ever did (Hopper A5)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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British Cinema Vs Hollywood Cinema - British Cinema Vs Hollywood Cinema As far as statistics show Hollywood films make twice as much money in the box office than British films. If we look at films in this manner than it is plainly obvious that more people watch Hollywood films than British films and if we believe that the best films are the ones that more people see than we can conclude that Hollywood films are better than British ones. But it's not as simple as this although the box office does have an impact on the end result....   [tags: Papers] 1111 words
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America's Communism Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist - America's Communism Scare and the Hollywood Blacklist BLACKLIST - A list of persons who are under suspicion, disfavor, or censure, or who are not to be hired, served, or otherwise accepted. -Random House Webster’s Just a little over fifty years ago, during the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s, there was a great fear of Communism in America and abroad. The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was created in 1938 as a means to investigate and weed out Communists and Communist supporters from American society....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic - A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic The jacket blurb on Robert Coover’s creative compilation A Night at the Movies reads: “From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Movies invents what ‘might have happened’ in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover’s riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover’s Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but turned upside-down and inside-out.” It is perhaps more appropriate to call Coover’s work a creative compilation as opposed to a novel or even a collection of short stories....   [tags: Movies Papers]
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Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star - Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star This PBS documentary of Bob Hope as an entertainer was well done. It looks at Bob's contributions as an actor, comedian, dancer and humanitarian. The film's footage, from the early 1900's to present, is revealing to the eras of Bob Hope's career. It takes you through Bob's career in vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies, television and live performances. As narrator Les Brown Jr. states " Bob Hope is an American icon and the only entertainer to be # 1 in all facets of the entertainment field"....   [tags: Essays Papers] 852 words
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Bram Stoker's Dracula Meets Hollywood - Bram Stoker's Dracula Meets Hollywood For more than 100 years, Bram Stoker’s Victorian novel, Dracula, has remained one of the most successful and revered novels ever published. Since its release in 1897, no other literary publication has been the subject of cinematic reproduction as much as Dracula. Dracula has involuntarily become the most media friendly personality of the 20th century. When a novel, such as Dracula, is transformed into a cinematic version, the end product is usually mediocre and provides non-existing justice to the pain staking work endured by the author....   [tags: Film Films Movie Movies]
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Social Criticism in the Hollywood Melodramas of the Fifties - Social Criticism in the Hollywood Melodramas of the Fifties In the early 1950s the films of Douglas Sirk led the way in defining the emerging genre of the Hollywood melodrama. "Melodrama" strictly means the combination of music (melos) and drama, but the term is used to refer to the "popular romances that depicted a virtuous individual (usually a woman) or couple (usually lovers) victimized by repressive and inequitable social circumstances" (Schatz 222). Sirk's films were commercially successful and boosted the careers of stars like Lauren Bacall, Jane Wyman, and Rock Hudson, who was in seven of Sirk's thirteen American films (Halliday 162-171)....   [tags: 1950s Film Movies]
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Elia Kazan vs. The House Un-American Activities Committee - ... Ironically, it seems that in order for such a system to work, Hollywood would have needed to be as much a partner in the blacklist as it was a victim. This is evidenced in conversations between Kazan and Spyros Skouras, the president of 20th Century Fox who threatened the director that if he did not become a “friendly witness” for HUAC, “he would never make another movie in Hollywood.” Kazan was heard to say “I have to testify or else.” However, Kazan’s motivations in finally agreeing to testify to the committee were not as clearly defined as this would suggest....   [tags: Informative, Hollywood, Communism] 2308 words
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Thinking for Ourselves: A Look at Godard’s Breathless - ... One of the most obvious things about the first scene where Michel is driving in the car is that he breaks the “fourth wall;” some of Michel’s dialogue in the scene involves his speaking directly to the camera, looking straight into it. In doing this, Godard is not only deliberately calling attention to the filmmaking process, but also create more of a connection between the character and the audience. Classical Hollywood cinema works for invisibility of the camera; they want to tell a fictional story, but they also want the audience to take whatever is being shown as seriously as possible....   [tags: Hollywood cinema, traditional filmmaking] 1704 words
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Classicism and Modernism - ... It is just too simplistic and condescending to take seriously, although their entertainment value is valuable to an audience. Unlike the romantic comedy genre, this genre did not produce any artistic breakthroughs like Annie-Hall. Although I have not seen many musical genre pictures, I hope to see more in the ensuing years to hopefully change my negative view of this entertaining genre. It Happened One Night (1934), is a witty and amusing comedy that gives us two opposing characters in a farce of story and is rightly epitomized as a screwball comedy....   [tags: Hollywood, filmmaking, cinema, film]
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How does Sunset Boulevard represent the Hollywood Studio System? - Sunset Boulevard directed by Billy Wilder in 1950 is based on how Norma Desmond, a huge Hollywood star, deals with her fall from fame. The film explores the fantasy world in which Norma is living in and the complex relationship between her and small time writer Joe Gillis, which leads to his death. Sunset Boulevard is seen as lifting the ‘face’ of the Hollywood Studio System to reveal the truth behind the organisation. During the time the film was released in the 1950s and 60s, audiences started to see the demise of Hollywood as cinema going began to decline and the fierce competition of television almost proved too much for the well established system....   [tags: Film Analysis]
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America - “Homeland, the country that I love, forever reign supreme; And when time stands still, my homeland, may heaven hold your dream” (Spring-Rice). Gustav Holsts’ song “Homeland” is all about people who are patriotic towards their own country. America has been built upon a certain set of rules in which makes it unique from their countries. Americans have excessive pride in their country which shows greatly in their interactions with others. Americans also have other traits which reflect their culture....   [tags: American History, Hollywood] 1066 words
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Violence on Film - The Western stands as one of the great genres of Hollywood cinema, as it possesses the ability to transcend both time and subject matter. Accordingly, the types of themes which this genres addresses, such as romanticism, and American heroism, can still be seen as viable commodities within modern-day storytelling. However, while The Western has focused on various topics throughout its cinematic history, what ultimately serves as the primary critique of the genre, is the exploration of role of violence and aggression within society (Lusted 16)....   [tags: Film Review, Hollywood, Gunfigther] 2300 words
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