Cinderella Man Essay

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The Man, the Father, the Legend In Damon Runyon's Cinderella Man From its title, one gets the idea this story is going to be a myth about redemption and empowerment. In actuality, this is a tremendous true story about a man named Jimmy Braddock who lives out a fairy tale, not a sugar coated fairy tale, but more of a grimace one. Cinderella Man is a film of survival and people finding strength within, to do what they have to do to carry on, particularly for what it takes a man to provide for his family. In this movie, the director wanted to show people that were just becoming poor, some who were destitute already, and perfectly middle class people that were destitute because they didn't have a job. New York City and the depression,…show more content…
The colors at the Braddock home are golden and very warm. The camera spans over the various items of jewelry on top of a bureau and then on to the red flowered wall paper. From there, it fades from these times of color, ahead into 1933, where there is a shift in their fortune, life changes for them, the depression hits, and the world changes. Consequently, the color is removed from the movie and the next environment is essentially a black and white environment. Here, the family is struggling through severe financial difficulties and are behind on many of their bills, including their milk bill. It is seen how low Braddock and his family can sink when the Boxing Commission de-commissions him, while understanding, that millions of people are sinking lower. By 1934, Braddock is working the New Jersey docks, or, rather, standing with hundreds of other men outside the gates, hoping for work. There's an awful scene in which the boxer goes to the old Madison Square Garden and confronts the fight men in their smoky den, begging for a handout, the moment aches with shame and necessity. Then his old manager, Joe Gould, appears with a one-time offer, to fight again because a boxer has dropped out of a match with an up-and-coming heavyweight, providing for $250 purse, win or lose. Braddock's response to this opportunity, "For $250, I'd fight your

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