Many recent films support this stereotype of American culture. Special effects, violence, and actors’ names (despite level of talent) are often major themes that bring Americans to the movies. While most Hollywood films are made purely for entertainment value, many foreign films are entertaining as well as forcing the viewer think and question their surroundings at the same time. This is true of many foreign films I have seen. The first film that comes to mind is Godard’s Masculine-Feminine.
Since the California dream was aided so much by the impact of what Hollywood was doing, it only seems necessary, for the images of Hollywood to determine the mental state of America. In the heart of the dream in Hollywood, the films that were being produced by studios, exhibited a less than satisfactory representation of moral ideals. In this, while the California dream offered a sense of hope to Americans, the way in which it operated was far from the ideal scenario. At this time a shift was occurring from the once idolized images of the flapper, jazz, and gangsters, as more and more people began to question the validity behind the images. In 1921, scandals includi... ... middle of paper ... ...creased monitoring of censorship throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Hollywood experienced a major shift in the way pictures were made.
Even though Some Hollywood entertainment can teach teen’s moral values and lessons, Hollywood makes teens reckless because teens think if it can happen in the movies it can happen in reality and teens want to do what the ''big'' actors do. Entertainment media, in all of its various forms, has had a tremendous impact on how we should think, perform and desire to be. The public are lead to believe the movies, TV shows, etc. are all real happenings. “The Hollywood industry is one of the most powerful and influential enterprises in the world, its visual voice heard around the globe” (Lowson).
In the opening scene of “Tropic Thunder”, we see elements of a satire with the fake trailers of upcoming movies. In our lives, we are familiar (and probably not too happy about) with the previews before the movie we are about to see. We see the top stars in Hollywood in some of the newest films, some good, and some bad. In our heads, we think either Hollywood has run out of ideas or, that we definitely have to see that one when it comes out. The fake trailers displayed in the movie poke fun of some movies we have seen in recent years come out and the times we wish were not sitting in a movie theatre watching their trailers.
Belton stated that "the star provides the studio with a tangible attraction, an image that can be advertized and marketed, offsetting the less tangible qualities of the story, directing, acting, art direction, costume design, and overall studio style" (89). The star system was embraced by movie studios because the popularity of the actors heavily influences the demand for the films. A Hollywood star is known mostly for the characters they have portrayed in the movies in which he or she acted. The audience typically does not get introduced to the real person, and it is often difficult to distinguish the star from the roles they play. Belton stated that stars are made up of three personalities- the movie star, the actor, and the real person (95).
On closer inspection it they are often far from realistic in a social sense but possibly portray a realism desired by the patriarchal and family value orientated society of the time. I feel that it is often the black and white representation of good and evil that creates such an atmosphere of predic... ... middle of paper ... ... ed (BFI, 1990) we read … “contrary to all trendy journalism about the ‘New Hollywood’ and the imagined rise of artistic freedom in American films, the ‘New Hollywood’ remains as crass and commercial as the old…” Bibliography 1. Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson (The classic Hollywood Cinema, Columbia University press 1985) 2. Bordwell, Thompson Film Art, An Introduction ,7th ed (Mcgraw Hill, 2004) 3. Pam Cooke(ed) The Cinema Book,1st ed (BFI, 1990) 4.
Even though movies shot in color, which were raved about, were becoming more popular than movies shot in black and white during the time period Psycho was made, Hitchcock went against the rest of the movie making industry and did something very unusual, especially at the stage his career was in. Although his reasons for shooting in black in white was partly a money issue and majority because he thought the famous shower murder scene would be too graphic if shown in color, it was genius of him to decide to do so. The lack of color set the tone of the movie. Shooting Psycho in black and whi... ... middle of paper ... ... vastly admired and appreciated to this day as one of the greatest movies made. It is incredible how years later this film still has such an influence on modern day horror films.
Titles like ‘American Beauty’ (1999), ‘Fight Club’ (1999) and ‘Kill Bill 2’ (2004) come readily into mind. Hollywood perhaps could be gradually losing its stigma as a money-hungry machine churning out predictable, unintelligent flicks for mass consumption. While whether this image of Hollywood is justified remains open to debate, earlier films in the 60’s and 70’s like ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ (1967) and ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976) already revealed signs of depth and avant-garde film techniques. These films were successful as not only did they appeal to the mass audience, but they managed to communicate alternate messages to select groups who understood subtleties within them. This was achieved via a two-tiered system, in which films could be viewed and interpreted on different levels.
As most Hollywood films are produced on large budgets, aspects of the film become so realistic it ... ... middle of paper ... ... are watching and remember it is being filtered to entertain and make money. Unfortunately this is not the reality we live in and the consequence of such actions is having an effect on certain historical truths. However not only is the accuracy of events being lost through the general publics laziness, but also because it reshapes the memories of veterans who come to remember the visual images of movies rather then the actual event. The accuracy of films when telling the history of an event is often times diminished in favor of telling a story which will entertain. The use of films as pedagogical tools has many benefits, however viewers must be aware additional research is needed to gain a full understanding of the event.
Underneath the hilarity of the film lies a message not just about the lengths that actors will go for an Oscar but to be your authentic self and everything will work out. The movie also exploits the stereotypical American “Celebrity “. Throughout the film they poke fun at Hollywood and the actors within Hollywood. In the film it’s hard to detect reality from fiction because of the comedic element and editing choices. Overall, when comparing the film within the film we can clearly see the difference in the acting and filming choices.