Evolution of Film

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Many of us can share the love and excitement of walking into a dimly lit theater, of lying back in a squishy chair, of reaching with one hand into a bowl of butter-soaked popcorn; and of resting for two care-free hours to watch a movie meant to bring great emotion to the audience. Since their creation, movies have become a significant part of American culture. Today hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on creating movies and just as much is spent on viewing them. To keep up with popular demand, the industry is always changing and the equation to form a great movie is continually developing. While at one time the public ran to the nearest theater to view the latest silent slap stick comedy, today we reserve tickets through Fandango…show more content…
Closing out World War II political era films, The Best Years of Our Lives poignantly displayed how soldiers returning home found a different world then from when they left and their struggles to cope with that change ("Film History of the 1940s", 2). Movies like these used emotions and American sympathy to gain political allegiance during these times of need. The trend of sequels began and studios were eager to make large profits off high grossing box office hits. A franchise of over twenty films in forty years, James Bond helped every man with an adventurous side fantasize about the life of a spy. These action packed movies all shared the similar plot of Bond fighting against enemies, primarily Russians. These films also revived the political era because each of his enemies was the same as Americans during the Cold War. Hits such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and The Godfather gained cult followings which demanded the stories be continued. The Godfather, a classic, was deemed great enough to add on to, but it like many other sequels received considerably less praise after the second. Yet the big named studios still made them simply to receive the greatest possible profit out of these franchises. Today the film industry has evolved into one driven primarily by money and special effects. After Jaws was released in 1975, special effects became a keystone for a blockbuster movie. The mighty
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