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The Great Depression Film Analysis

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Entertainment during the Great Depression appeared to be our cries for help. We needed a beacon of hope and with entertainment to fulfill our need for escapism during this time; Radio and Cinema entertainment take center stage. The 1993 Columbian Pictures, Annie depicts the polar opposites of the crises at hand during this devastating time period, the penniless versus the filthy rich. This film stars; Albert Finning as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell, Tim Curry as Rooster Hannigan and Aileen Quinn as no other than Annie, herself. This films budget was between 40 to 50 million dollars and on their opening weekend to which it was only shown on 14 screens brought in 510,632 in America and has made…show more content…
However, fakes come out of the woodworks in groups pretending to be her parents. So in order to get Annie away from it all, Warbucks and Punjab take her to the White House to meet FDR. Delighted to meet the much heard of Annie, FDR discusses using Annie as a symbol of hope for his plans for a welfare program to help the poor. He also states that he want Warbucks to run it. To show her hope for a better tomorrow, Annie performs “Tomorrow” for FDR and the First Lady, only to discover once they return home that the search for her parents has been so far unsuccessful. Rooster, Lily, and Miss Hannigan create a plot to collect the reward by Rooster and Lily pretending to be Annie’s parents. Once the reward is received, they plan on disposing of Annie and splitting the money three ways in the song “Easy Street”. Miss Hannigan discloses that Annie’s parents died years before in a fire and that she had received the missing pieces of the locket. The orphans, apparently masters of eavesdropping, escape not once but twice to warn Warbucks of the evil-intent about to befall Annie. Sadly, they were too late; the dastardly trio already had Annie and the $50,000…show more content…
Many were reduced to begging or turn to organized crime that was against the Prohibition, which describes Miss Hannigan and her Bathtub Gin (Great Depression). The Great Depression provided the final puzzle piece to the repeal of the 18th Amendment of Prohibition. It was an economic dilemma. The government’s revenue would increase with the taxes on alcoholic beverages, and the industry would create jobs during a serious shortage. The AAPA or Association against the Prohibition Amendment used these arguments to suggest aid in the ratification of the 21st Amendment. This was known as “the end of the noble experiment” which gave the state control once again of the liquor laws
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