Hollywood Final (draft)

Hollywood Final (draft) - Gregory Taylor Taylor 1 English...

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Gregory Taylor Taylor 1 English 1213 William Ferleman April 27, 2010 The Director Ultimatum As many scholars would agree, the movie industry is a flawed and very unpredictable industry due to economic insecurity. Because of this, profits are as equally unpredictable as blockbusters and independent films are not all guaranteed to be a hit in the box office. As such, it is up to the director’s vision to create a movie that is entertaining enough to appeal to audiences without sacrificing its artistic value. In order to do so, directors have relied on the values and ideals of the generation from which the movie is created. By incorporating such themes, the director has a better chance of garnering mass appeal as the audience has something to relate to. In this sense, movies are created in the image of the ideals and values from the generation from which it is produced. This tactic, however, is the product of economic uncertainty that comes from producing films. As such, the film industry, in a sense, suppresses artistic expression and favors the creation of hits in the box office. This topic arguably encompasses a majority of the United States, and even the world, as Hollywood has increased its presence globally (Waterman 5). What the topic entails is the controversy of the director’s ulterior motives: is he or she creating an appealing movie for profits or purely for entertainment and intrigue? If it is for profit, then the director is incautiously manipulating the audience in order to increase box office sales. On the other hand, if the movie is created purely to entertain and move its audience, then the director’s motive is
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Taylor 2 genuine. In either case, the basis or plot of the movie comes from the ideals and values that are prevalent during the generation from which the movie was created. Take, for example, the movie Easy Rider . As a staple of its generation, the movie embodied the values and beliefs of its time: overtones of patriotism, freedom, and the hippie culture of the 1970s. Because it so fluently spoke the language of its generation, the film ended up making millions at the box office (Lewis 13). The appeal of the film came from its use of, at the time, popular “youth culture”. This film is arguably a product of a new trend in Hollywood: hiring younger directors to better connect with the audience’s views and beliefs. Such is seen in the production of the films Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate which were hits at the box office because they were directed by young talent (Lewis 12). As such, it is in the director and studio’s best interest to create a film that the audience can relate to. In order to do so, contemporary ideals, values, and beliefs are incorporated throughout the film to fulfill that need. Such can be seen in the film The Village by M. Night Shyamalan. As it was released in 2004, the story was largely based on the occurrences of the controversial topics of the time (war in the Middle East, the aftermath of September 11, 2001). Patrick C. Collier explains that the film includes “questions about individual freedom and
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