The Legend Of Geronimo

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Our movie’s plot revolves around a man growing up during the rise of Hollywood, who wants to make a movie about the story of Geronimo. The main character, Olly Citrus, must face many trials in his process of movie making. Olly’s understanding of the legend of Geronimo shows us how the media in America has the ability to transform a person and their memory. This perspective of the story telling also shows us how Americans, especially the people in charge, choose to tell stories about the past. Within this movie, viewers witness the growth in popularity of Hollywood and, in essence, the growing idealization of the west coast. The movie emphasizes the fact that Americans conquered all of the frontier lands, leaving none left to explore.…show more content…
Both issues are intertwined because the media greatly influences the populous’ opinion on current events. This leads to Olly’s moral dilemma of how accurate he needs to be when representing Geronimo. He wants people to want to watch his movie, so he feels the need to bend the perception of Geronimo to make his movie more interesting. Is this breaking a moral code to be honest with history? Not only does the movie leave the audience pondering that question, but it leads viewers to question what other parts of history have been bent to make more interesting? Have the stories of building the missions, or how we remember the battle over water in Southern California been altered too? Is there an acceptable amount of change reporters can make to the past, if so how much? By the end of the movie the viewers are left with the impression that transforming history because of nostalgia and shame is…show more content…
In American history, the west represents the frontier, and now that Americans had explored all of the lands in the west, the people in the west seemed to find a new frontier to head towards. The new people on the frontier looked to discover new things in technology. This idea can be seen in the discussion of how to make the movie, and whether or not sound should be used. Olly is set on the idea of having the movie use sound, he believes the best way to remember the past is to use the best technology available. This constant push to continue moving forward tells us that one of the ways for someone in America to become powerful is to be the most advanced at what you are doing. Those with power also had to keep moving forward to retain their power. The competition to move forward, socially, economically, and innovatively is what American society revolves
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