Film Stereotyping In Film

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“If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” This is an audacious statement, especially with all the diversity life has to offer, within what context could a person persuasively use this statement? Stereotyping has been a problem in history. However, the consequences of stereotyping the repetitious nature of life has resulted in many original and useful transformations. While stereotyping is well known for its roots tied to ethnic background, race, sex, and even social class, we must not forget that stereotyping pays its ties apart from people. Film, as we know it today, has gone through many transitions to get to its impressive status quo. It is hard to imagine a film with no color and no sound. This was the norm in the early 1900s. Directors relied vastly on the viewers’ ability to use their imagination and gratitude to enjoy films. Fast forward to 1927, a switchover from silent to sound in the American film industry has begun. This switchover was completed arguably in 1929 and Americans would now enjoy film in a completely new way. Many studios had to either close their doors or change with the time if they were to survive such a revolution.. This brings us to the story of a silent film studio and their difficult, yet heartwarming, transition to sound. In this film, Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the viewer is given a spoof of this historical transition in film, a point of view of the characters’ passion to deliver content, and a one of a kind musical-romantic-comedy triad that brought in over $7,000,000 in sales. Considering the film’s budget was $2,540,000, this musical made an impressive profit for its time. This would equate to a quarter of a billion dollars in today’s money. Singin’ in the Rain brought about impressive revenu... ... middle of paper ... ...ot only starred in and directed this film, but he also choreographed much of this film himself. This autobiography of Hollywood in 1920s received only two Academy Award nominations. These were Best Supporting Actress for Jean Hagen and Best Musical Score by Lennie Hayton but did not win any awards. Apart from its monetary recognitions, Singin’ in the Rain is often widely chosen as one of America’s top ten films. Considering the facts that Debby Reynolds had no dance experience before she made the movie, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor had never met prior to working together, and even the fact that Kelly had a fever when he filmed the legendary “singin’ in the rain” number, this musical is cinematic art. “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” has been proven false by Gene Kelly and his team through the rejuvenation of entertainment in this unforgettable musical.
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