New and exciting technologies have always played a huge role in the culture of American people. When the motion picture came out it was no surprise that both consumers and producers were more than happy to get in on the action. Back in the 1920’s film was still pretty new and was only in black and white with no sound, but the films were always accompanied by orchestral pieces to help set the mood. The art of movie-making has come a long way since then with the addition of not only color and audio, but new techniques and new ideas. Both The Kid and Iron Jawed Angels are very popular films about the early 1900’s. Although they share some common thoughts, but because they were made in two completely different time periods their focuses are far off from one another and their ideas contrast for the most part. Iron Jawed Angels is an HBO film that was released in 2004 about the American women’s suffrage movement. The movie is set in America during the 1910’s and features Hilary Swank as political activist Alice Paul. The movie opens with Alice Paul and her fellow activist Lucy Burns returning from England to start their attempt at getting women’s suffrage in America. They originally decided to become members of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, but soon realized that they did not fit in with the organization so they started their own group known as the National Women’s Party. Led by Alice Paul, the women of the group would picket the White House in an attempt to get their wish until eventually they were thrown in prison for picketing a war-time president. After enduring a grueling and unfair experience in jail, they finally were able to attain woman’s suffrage, also known as the 19th amendment. The Kid is a film by... ... middle of paper ... ...ues have progressed along with technology, which is clearly visible when looking at The Kid and Iron Jawed Angels. In The Kid there was no sound or color so the actors and actresses really had to be over dramatic with their movements in order to get their point across which in some ways too away from the seriousness of the film. In Iron Jawed Angels on the other hand, the way the actors and actresses spoke and conveyed their emotions with much more subtle movements really added to the emotion in the story. Although these movies weren’t able to touch every detail of what was going on at the time that they took place, they were definitely able to bring up some. Even though they were so different they are each important because they represent the perspectives of unrelated individuals of the same time, which just goes to show how much America truly is a big melting pot.
My initial idea for this paper was to focus on the technical aspects of the film—the hybrid of animation and live action. I first saw this technique used in The Three Caballeros (Ferguson & Young, 1944) and was going to research this film, but the amount of literature on t...
Iron Jawed Angels is a film which portrays the women's suffrage movement during the 1920's. The film is a documentary and a drama which uses live action and music to deliver the sympathetic and distressful mood the film creates. An example of the distressful mood is when the suffragists refuse to eat when they go to prison. This shows how passionate and distressed the suffragists are to get the 19th amendment passed, which would give women the right to vote. The films message, which is the hardships and adversity women had to withstand to get the 19th amendment passed, is effectively portrayed because the struggle the suffragists faced is accurately and beautifully depicted. As a tool of communication, the strengths of the film Iron Jawed Angels are its accurate portrayal of the 1920s women's suffrage movement and excellent depiction of the main suffragists, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. There are no real weaknesses in the communication of the 1920s women's suffrage movement in the film Iron Jawed Angels except for the music used, which is too modern to possibly be from the 1920s era.
After the success of antislavery movement in the early nineteenth century, activist women in the United States took another step toward claiming themselves a voice in politics. They were known as the suffragists. It took those women a lot of efforts and some decades to seek for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. In her essay “The Next Generation of Suffragists: Harriot Stanton Blatch and Grassroots Politics,” Ellen Carol Dubois notes some hardships American suffragists faced in order to achieve the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Along with that essay, the film Iron-Jawed Angels somehow helps to paint a vivid image of the obstacles in the fight for women’s suffrage. In the essay “Gender at Work: The Sexual Division of Labor during World War II,” Ruth Milkman highlights the segregation between men and women at works during wartime some decades after the success of women suffrage movement. Similarly, women in the Glamour Girls of 1943 were segregated by men that they could only do the jobs temporarily and would not able to go back to work once the war over. In other words, many American women did help to claim themselves a voice by voting and giving hands in World War II but they were not fully great enough to change the public eyes about women.
A noticeable difference in the way movies have changed over the years is evident when comparing and contrasting two films of different eras which belong to the same genre and contain the same subject matter. Two vampire movies, Dracula and Bram Stoker's Dracula, present an interesting example of this type of study.
In the Movie "Iron Jawed Angels" Directed by Katja von Garnier 's, writing by Jennifer Friedes and Sally Robinson tells the most powerful and untouched story of a group of inspiring and powerful young women. Alice Paul and her friend Lucy Burns leaded this group of women who put their lives on the line, families and their love life to fight for the American women right to vote. While learning about American history during my school years, all I knew about the Women 's Suffrage that women in the States did not have the right to vote. If it was not for this group of tough women, I have the chance to vote for these 2016 elections.
In Iron Jawed Angels, patriarchy plays the dominant ideology throughout the film. Male dominance showed males objecting protests, harsh treatment of the heroines in prison and the objection of the 19th amendment before and after it was passed. During the parade, male bystanders charged into the parade, objecting its message. When Alice went to the restaurant to meet the reporter from the Washington Post, his son was at the table, and stuck out his untied shoe, waiting for her to tie it for him; this shows that at the time, women were the ones to do work for the men. The police didn’t even bother helping the suffragists against their male harassers. When the suffragists protested outside the white house, they were soon arrested and were falsely
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). I intend to do this by first analysing and defining aspects of Classical Hollywood and having done that, examining post classical at which time the relationship between them will become evident. It is my intention to reference films from both movements and also published texts relative to the subject matter. In order to illustrate the structures involved I will be writing about the subjects of genre and genre transformation, the representation of gender, postmodernism and the relationship between style, form and content.
“Give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry brings a profound idea to the surface, a life without freedom, is worse than being dead. Throughout history, there recurring patterns of control and revolution. Whether revolt is violent and gory, like the American Revolution, or peaceful exemplified by Gandhi’s nonviolent protest, it involves discrimination on some level. “Deja Vu” ensues at the turn of the 20th century with women suffragists.In Iron Jawed Angels by Katja von Garnier, a dramatized depiction of the push for women’s suffrage centralized around efforts and conflicts of NAWSA, National American Women’s Suffrage Association, then later on, the NWA, National Women’s Association. The director accentuates the idea that because NAWSA’s methodologies are
With the discovery of techniques such as continuous editing, multiple camera angles, montage editing, and more, silent filmmaking developed from simple minute-long films to some of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring films that have ever been created—in only a few decades. In Visions of Light, someone alluded that if the invention of sound had come along a mere ten years later, visual storytelling would be years ahead of what it is today. This statement rings true. When looking at the immense amount of progress that was made during the silent era of films, one must consider where the art of film has been, where it is, and where it is
“Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity” (von Garnier, 2004, part 10) and that is exactly what courage was viewed as when the women’s suffrage movement erupted in the mid 1800’s and it was quite the uphill battle from there. Iron Jawed Angels captures the height of the women’s suffrage movement with Alice Paul, a liberal feminist, as the front woman on the battle against Congress. Paul’s determination to pass a constitutional amendment can be seen through her dauntless efforts to go against the societal norms of the time to fight for women’s rights. Through the first wave of the women’s suffrage movement seen in Iron Jawed Angels, the struggles women endured for equality have a lasting impact on
Star Wars (1977) is one of the world’s most successful films of all time. It has made a terrific impact on popular culture since its release. Furthermore, Star Wars changed the narrative and aesthetic style of future Hollywood films. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, illustrates how cinema has evolved since Fred Ott’s Sneeze (1894). Ultimately, this essay will explain the set up of Star Wars and how it connects to cinema history, in the point of views of the: narrative and cinematic style, genre, auteur theory and the global film industry.
According to historians like Neil Burch, the primitive period of the film industry, at the turn of the 20th century was making films that appealed to their audiences due to the simple story. A non-fiction narrative, single shots a burgeoning sense
The ‘New Hollywood Cinema’ era came about from around the 1960’s when cinema and film making began to change. Big film studios were going out of their comfort zone to produce different, creative and artistic movies. At the time, it was all the public wanted to see. People were astonished at the way these films were put together, the narration, the editing, the shots, and everything in between. No more were the films in similar arrangement and structure. The ‘New Hollywood era’ took the classic Hollywood period and turned it around so that rules were broken and people left stunned.
‘Then came the films’; writes the German cultural theorist Walter Benjamin, evoking the arrival of a powerful new art form at the end of 19th century. By this statement, he tried to explain that films were not just another visual medium, but it has a clear differentiation from all previous mediums of visual culture.