Cinema During The Great Depression And World War 2

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American Film Industry: perhaps no other form of artistic expression has induced the same air of life, reality, and fantasies in the minds of society. Otherwise known as Hollywood, this mass media franchise captured the minds of many when it began in the early 20th century. Despite the dismal consequences people had to face during this era, reinstating the fantasized American values of individualism, social equality, and progress gave citizens a reason to buy a movie ticket. Influential film makers and the new forms of cinema they produced not only enabled escapism, but sought to capture the horror and uninhibited heroism, bloodshed and meaning of warfare to the eyes of America. Cinema during the Great Depression and World War 2 became a primary leader in this art form as an earmark of American society. From disheartened industrialists and unsuccessful farmers, to occupied mothers and troubled children, the depression from 1929 to 1939 struck the homes of many in America. Despite the agonizing economic adversities they came to face such as unemployment, 60 million people managed to walk into a theater every week. Even though these families could hardly afford to pay for food and housing, men and women still spent their hard earned 27 cents to enjoy a movie. (Historical Context 1). During this time, competition and diversity among business arose as industries propagated and commodities thrived. The film industry was not excluded from this by any means, and focusing on the…
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