-- Popular film genres:
The western, individuals wandering, forging for
themselves. Reconstruction about the west, it’s not real, an era that never
happens. Nostalgia! Leaving out all the stuff not so pleasant. Musicas,
Historical epochs (not draw too many specific parallels), film noir (means
black in French), (underground film movement), crime films the films that
look at the seedier side of life.
those who made films that were seen as un-American.
Some alleged to be involved with communism or hard left organizations.
Could not find work. To affirm their own Americanism, accused others.
Director Elliot Cazam, Immigrant, films about immigration
stay above ideological terms, pretty startling stuff being
produced, reaching an audience that isn’t popular literature. Ask question
about society and American identity and reality. Not read widely, loyal
audience. Popular literature: Tootle, I married a Communist. Encourages a
C. Comic Books:
A popular media. Develop out of newspaper comics. In the
1930s. Controversy as usual. Reaches a head of the 1950s. Comic books
had nothing but negative influence on youth according to Frederic
Wertham. Arguments usually weak. “Seduction of the Innocent” popular
book. Congressional hearings is what it leads to. Comics code: Has a lot of
stuff designed just to avoid all the nasty stuff that people have been
complaining about, nudity prohibited, divorce is not humorous, liquor and
tobacco not to be shown , females should be drawn realistically, no case
should evil be presented, scenes dealing with supernatural are prohibited,
crime on a comic title should not appear alone on cover. Police,
established authority, cannot be shown in a bad way.
Rise of rock n roll. Interesting: It is a crossover: mingles hill billy
and the blues. Distribution of ethnic music, but stripped of actually
Outsider music accessible to teens. Rebellious sound and dance.
existed in the 1920s, commercially TV takes off during late
40s. 1946, there are about 17,000 tvs. Ten years later, 40 million sets used.