When Griffith stumbled upon the industry, it was barely advancing at all- much like himself. After a failed career as a stage actor and writer, David Wark Griffith turned to the cinema in hopes of becoming more successful (Everson 42). The first film Lawrence Griffith (as he now called himself) acted in was the 1907 film Rescued From an Eagle’s Nest, a story about a couple whose baby is taken by an eagle. The film was made by Edison and, like most films at the time, was very simple in terms of camerawork and plot (Blum 9). Griffith continued his acting career by working for Biograph for about a year.
Despite the two trailers promoting the same film, they portray a different view of love and target at different age groups and gender. In this essay, I will be discussing the different ways the film trailers are designed to promote the film ... ... middle of paper ... ...t the idea of presents and love. In this way the trailers are showing that the film will be a lovely gift to someone who you love. Romantic comedy is a popular genre because it appeals to a wide range of audience from teenagers to older people and couples to even people who are still single. The comedy is usually throughout the movie with a twist in the end.
Remember that Griffith was a somewhat accomplished stage actor before he turned to film. During this period of Griffith’s life the majority of plays being produced were Shakespearian adaptations and other European productions. There was very little progression in American theater at the time, with David Belasco being the only notable theatrical producer of the period. The same can be said, for the years between his departure from Biograph to the development of The Birth of a Nation. All the critically acclaimed films before the release of The Birth of a Nation were international films.
There was “Guardians of the Galaxy” with Chris Pratt, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with Ralph Fiennes, and “Captain America” with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johannson. The top paid actors and actresses of these movies all share a common trait; they are all white. Even though the world continues to evolve and embrace different ethnicities, mainstream Hollywood is not as welcoming to diversity. The lack of races in movies is something that is often not talked about, even though it happens in almost every blockbuster film. For instance, this past year at the Oscars, not a single person of color was nominated for an Academy Award.
My grandfather has always talked about how much movies have changed in such a short amount of time. His favorite movie, E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial, is an example of how editing and special effects have changed drastically since only 1982 and even from the early 1900s. Watching a movie from this year compared to a movie from the 1930s, the viewer would notice many differences ranging from effects, transitions and especially quality. When film started in the late 1800s, there was no digital technology to edit films.
The book immediately caught the eye of a young producer named David O. Selznick who immediately purchased the film rights for $50,000. The movie was just as big of a hit as the novel. Gone with the Wind won ten Academy Awards out of thirteen nominations. By today’s box office records, after adjusting for inflation, Gone with the Wind is still the most successful film in box office history. (IMdB) This captivating story transitions from the book to the big-screen magically.
With only seeing a small section of the film, I personally don’t see the attraction. Considering that Battleship Potemkin is twice champion of the title ‘greatest film ever made’, I was greatly disappointed with its content. The film was initially meant to be all about the Russian Revolution in 1905, and the Potemkin scenario took up only a small section of the script. Due to bad weather in Leningrad, the filming was delayed and as days passed, the deadline drew nearer, so they were advised to go south, to Odessa and work on a different section of the film until the weather had cleared up. However, in being there, Eisenstein made major alterations to the script to which eventually became ‘Battleship Potemkin’.
Sometimes cultures view each differently due to socio-economic differences, while others see skin color and pass judgment. In either case, preconceived notions and stereotypes exist in nearly every race and culture. The Irish culture proved to an extremely interesting case study in culture and stereotypes. Not only are the Irish victims of stereotyping across the world, but they also discriminate against their own (North Ireland vs. South Ireland conflict). As a team we all discovered that much like any other stereotypes, the stereotypes about the Irish have their ori... ... middle of paper ... ... many great traditions, many of which have bled over into American culture, such as St. Patrick’s Day.
When sound was introduced into film by Warner Bros. Pictures, “talkies” took top rank over silent films. “Movies were an art form that had universal appeal. Their essence was entertainment; their success, financial and otherwise, was huge” (1920-30, 3/19/11). Films offered an escape from the troubles of everyday life in the 20s, and moviegoers across the country all shared a universal language: watching movies. Although the film industry first began in New York, Hollywood caught the attention of producers because of its various locations for shooting films and ideal weather for year-round production.
My Thoughts on the Movie I am Sam I could never ever pick a movie and call it my favorite. Movies are somewhat like people in that aspect. I do not think I will ever have a favorite person, just a lot of favorite people. In saying so, I have to say that I am Sam is definitely one of my favorite movies. To begin, I bought the soundtrack before I even knew what the movie was about simply because the entire soundtrack is composed of Beatles songs covered by today's artist.