The Influence Of The Film Stagecoach

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Film and its success during the period of 1910-1945 was heavily determined by the audience’s reception of the work. During this time, there was an influx of films being produced and stars rising within the system. Although the stars were seen as the role models and are portrayed larger than life, it is ultimately the audience that determines the fate of the success of the stars. Audiences would go see a film if a certain actor was in it; or an actor, and the name of the star alone can determine that a film will be somewhat successful. Within the film, however, it is the authenticity of the celebrity that the audience were looking for in the stars; the directors of film would need to cast people who were representative of their characters. Because…show more content…
Due to the impressionable essence of the audience, the film’s message has a responsibility as it will leave an impact on the viewership. The film Stagecoach (1939) was a Western film which essentially spoke to generations of men seeking a model of manhood grounded in bravery, moral violence, and independence; whereas with the women characters, they represented civilization and domestication” (Dr Nance week 3). The reception of the audience was positive; the film thrived in society as it came out at a time where the Great Depression saw a time of family breakdown and disillusionment of the American Dream (Dr Nance week 3). Essentially, the dark aspects and the gendered representations resonated with the audience as it was relevant to their own lives. The impact of this film, however, can come from the desensitization to violence in society. Another example can be from the film King Kong and the representation of the ‘damsel in distress’ trope of a woman needing to be saved. Although it generated an overall popular response, the detrimental effects comes from the domestic imbalance and influence it had on

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