Difference Between Hollywood And American Cinema

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Hollywood vs. European Cinema debate — what it 's all about?

Hollywood cinema is without a doubt the most popular in the world. Hollywood films tend to be the top priority in exhibition centers and cinemas, have the biggest budgets and biggest stars, and be the best-known within any film-watching population. In turn, European films are associated with the so-called 'art cinema ' and are not as widely recognized in the world as Hollywood. Given the United States and Europe are two economic giants in the contemporary world, as well as two very well developed territories, the question arises: why is this difference? Here is a bit of context. What is now understood by 'Classical Hollywood cinema ' is the film school that existed roughly in the late 1920s – 1940s. Among the films attributed to Classical Hollywood are Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), It 's A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) or Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1929). This period us associated with the Golden Age of Hollywood, after which the film production significantly declined after the vertical integration ban – a law denying the right of the production companies being in control of their own film 's exhibition. New Hollywood era began in 1960s – 1970s with the new generation of filmmakers, such as Stanley Kubric, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola. New Hollywood is, in a way, a new wave in American cinema, changing the approach to classical story-telling by borrowing from European cinema of the
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