Regionalism In The Film Rich Hill

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With an emphasis on particular regions and people, the charming characteristics of Regionalism influence modern artwork. Although modern texts focus on plot and larger “truths,” artworks in the 21st century contain elements of Regionalism. Modern works, such as the documentary film Rich Hill, aim to uncover a universal truth between us; however, contemporary pieces continue to embody the foundations of Regionalism. Although Rich Hill discusses the impact of extreme poverty, the documentary focuses on three young characters and their hometown. Although true Regionalism cannot be found in popular culture, contemporary pieces contain similar characteristics with Regionalist pieces, such as “Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog” and “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” The modern text Rich Hill represents Regionalism through focus on character, connection to nature, and characters that lack agency. Rich Hill demonstrates a large emphasis on character over plot. Throughout the documentary film, the lives of three young boys are closely documented. Without a plot, the documentary follows the daily activities of the characters: going to school, playing sports, and …show more content…

In contemporary pieces, like the documentary film Rich Hill, the structure of the piece contains elements of Regionalism. In the documentary, the documentation of the three boys’ lives resembles the importance of character in “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” The connection made between man and nature in Rich Hill mirrors the strong connection the men in “The Luck of the Roaring Camp” created with nature. The boys’ inability to act on their own terms to empower themselves emulates the men’s lack of agency in “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” Although many argue that Regionalism cannot be seen in modern artworks, the characteristics of Regionalism are found in a select number of pieces. Regionalism continues to inspire artists in the 21st

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