The media has created the depictions of gays and lesbians from being freaks of nature, violent, depressed, complex, and a joke. Although, I believe that we have come a long way from viewing gays and lesbians as unnatural, it will be a decade longer until we stop the stereotypes in film/ media industries and start depicting real life scenarios as we do with
In the movie Selma, there were several historical fallacies which created controversial debates over how candid the movie industry must be to the the public. The film suggested that there was great skirmish about the bill of rights (which was officially signed and conceded into law on July 1964) between King and Johnson, it showed King continuously press an ostensibly resilient Johnson to proceed with the voting of the bill. But in fact, there was never any uncertainty that there would be a voting on the rights bill; the struggle was merely fictional and made no historical sense. King and Johnson had a remarkable relationship; two men from different backgrounds, responsibilities and constituencies, formed an alliance to pass the bill of rights. “This faux tension was clearly added to make the movie more dramatic” (‘Selma’ vs History, 2013).
While Anker’s argument retains credibility when applied to melodramatic stories, it is hardly able to stand when applied to animated sitcoms and other humorous shows. In fact, shows such as American Dad, Family Guy and South Park that utilize similar melodramatic devices, such as heightened emotions and the moral dichotomy of good and evil, portray government as a damaging rather than a heroic force. In one such South Park episode, “Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants,” examination of the complex interaction between the four protagonists and the government in the aftermath of 9/11 displays how melodramatic effects are used to
The is shows how lush, gaudy and medaling the life of a hollywood correspondent can be. The writers of the film, purposely mock hollywood through Stanley Motts as he is a producer who “(wants) the credit.” He is willing to “play with his life” just to be recognised. Yet in the end he falls in his own greed, and is left with neither the fame or his
Ashwini Patel The Great Gatsby Synthesis Essay When novels are being translated into movies, the meaning can often get lost in translation. The depth that the novel has to it can often be lost in the movie. The movies are translated by directors and producers for the entertainment of the public, but a book is all the author’s creativity put onto paper. Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby, would have been a great film on its own, but it was not a successful adaptation of the novel causing the true meaning to be lost in all the film and music. The novel was a story that took place in the 1920s, so jazz would have been the obvious music choice.
Many American movies are produced on a superficial level to entertain an uneducated broad mass and do not necessarily induce critical thinking. There appears to be a trend towards sports topics used as the generic ‘mask’ for inspirational films, implying that it is “not just about the sport”. The target audience of this film is clearly the American public. As an Australian with European Heritage and little to no relations (WC) towards American Football, I struggle to comply and embrace the Elements in this film. So many hours spent wasted watching “American” cliché movies, awakened in me strong dislike towards generic “American” flicks.
The Fortune Cookie Many films that Billy Wilder wrote and directed reflected the American society through sex and marriage, but in his 1966 comedy, The Fortune Cookie, he showed American greed and the flaws of the civil legal system. With the emergence of independent production companies in the 1960’s came the demise of the Hollywood studio system. This allowed for more creative work and for the director to have more control. Wilder had the power to cast well known actor, Jack Lemmon, and a newbie comedy star, Walter Matthau. The film had acclaim and did well at the box office, but was soon to be forgotten behind the many other classic Wilder made throughout his career.
Fitzgerald’s novel examines this latter perception as the citizens of this era constituted materialism as their American Dream and the moral corruption that accompanied it (Bewley 27). Fitzgerald uses The Great Gatsby as a means to present the American Dream as a more demoralized, unethical version of its previous self (Bewley 28). The prevailing theory of the 20’s insinuated that if you could obtain a great amount of possessions, you were living the ideal life full of luxury and fortune. In the novel this fixation with materials becomes absurd as people do not even bother to consider the necessity of a certain object, rather enjoy the act of simply purchasing it: “There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour, if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb” (Fitzgerald 44). The fact that Gatsby owns an appliance that requires his butler to push a button for some plain orange juice shows how his morals and visions are skewed and amoral.
The Birth of a Nation, by D.W. Griffith, in my belief, is a prime example of why the present world is so ignorant of the past. Because the techniques in the movie were so exceptional at the time, this misinterpretation of the reconstruction period was widespread. When the movie came out, I believe many people were not well enough informed to distinguish between the truth and the distorted. Due to stereotypes and misleading information, it could have been simple to portray African-Americans as distasteful, ill-mannered beings and, contrarily, the Ku Klux Klan as gallant protectors, resulting in the audience misconceiving the truth. As I watched The Birth of a Nation, I was able to compare the misconstrued idea of Reconstruction to what I read in chapter fifteen of our textbook, by Eric Foner.
‘Trademarks’ are ‘signs, words, phrases, logos, designs, sounds […]’ (ibid.). In the case of the film industry, they are particularly helpful to distinguish studios’ productions. Unlike copyrights, patents and trademarks are not automatic and have a limited duration, although they can be renewed. It is interesting to note that IP laws have been greatly extended during the 20th century, and that they did not apply to
I glad to see someone on this site with a similar viewpoint on this movie. Personally for me it never displayed that "it" factor. Whoa… I’m not sure if it was the noteworthy cult film references it made to begin with, or if it was the nostalgic 90’s hip-hop culture, it emulated later on, regardless of what it was this movie flat-out blew me away in all sorts of ways that I didn’t expect. La Haine centers around a trio of friends from the French slum of banlieusards. This film has an intentional vague structured plot that basically plays out as a day in the life of our protagonists who come from three distinctly different ethnic cultures.