Hollywood Essays

Historical Significance

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else”, is among the infamous quotes of Judy Garland. Given the birth name of Frances Ethel Gumm, she turned out to be a legendary Hollywood actress and singer. Starting her singing career at the age of 2, she accompanied her sisters in the act with their group named The Gumm Sisters. Many people considered Baby Gumm as an overnight singing sensation. Casted to several minor roles,…

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Hollywood’s Dilemma

After two decades of labor peace, Hollywood is now facing a major dilemma as movie and television writers embark on an industrywide strike. The walkout brought the first widespread shutdown of the entertainment industry since the 1988 writers’ strike which lasted five months and cost the industry more than $500 million. The call for strike resulted after more than three months of contentious negotiations between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the 12,000-member Writers Guild of America…

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Arlene Goldbard, _making the World Safe for Hollywood_

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been in existence since 1945. Primarily founded to safeguard education even in poor countries, the organization now also looks after scientific and cultural areas as well. Recently, however, the United States refused to vote for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia, had a few words to say about this. Personally though,…

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Hollywood Constructions of Gender

Hollywood had portrayed a variety of different categories of heroes in its cinematic history. None has been more important to film than the superhero and the Western. Both superheroes and Western heroes are considered tough and ready to conquer the evils of the world. Any actor playing Superman is able to portray the “Man of Steel” simply by putting on the red cape while John Wayne and Clint Eastwood embody the characteristics of true Western heroes. Male superheroes and Western…

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Hollywood Musical

The Hollywood provides different musical compositions that somehow affected the genres of musical films and the trends of musical preferences within the society. Even with the same musical movie genre, certain marked up evolution can be noticed excelling from Singing in the Rain in 1952 and the latest Hairspray last 2007. The trends of musicality, trends of conservatism to modernistic musical play, and the symbolisms of society present have greatly expanded in different perspectives, such as classical to pop musicale,…

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Hollywood and Marketing_ Understanding the Appeal of Jaws

The success of Jaws may mainly be attributed to the interconnected presence of various genres and themes throughout the film, hence significantly increasing the range of its prospective audience. For one, aside from being basically a thriller, the presence of an enormous shark as a dangerous entity would of course highlight themes on nature similar to documentaries. Furthermore, there is the crime genre, encompassing the theme of conspiracy, is partly embodied by the film as well; to explain, the Mayor…

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Hollywood at Its Best_ Buster Keaton’s General

History of cinema has seen many phases and today’s commercial cinema is quite different in many aspects from the cinema of the silent era or classical cinema. The changes and the growth of the technical quality of Hollywood movies are remarkable but despite of these technical changes there are certain movies from even the silent era that are still admired by thousands of people worldwide. Cinema lives forever and the show goes on and on for years. There are movies…

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Dames, Damsels and Dangerous Women_ the Femme Fatale in Hollywood

The stereotype of the so-called femme fatale whose origin was believed to be seen in the beginnings of the talkies the early days of Hollywood which began in the mid to late 1920’s and mostly associated with film noir, black comedy or film which began even as early as the late twenties is a stereotype or archetype of a woman portrayed with a certain power over men which equates to a combination of female sexuality, power (of whatever sort: sexual,…

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