Character Analysis Of John L. Sullivan 's ' The Great Depression '

1051 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Wanting to create a humorless film about one 's suffering through the great depression, John L. Sullivan goes incognito as a “tramp" in order to truly experience the hardships of this time. Along with his journey, Sullivan is sentenced to six years of labor camp. While at the camp, he goes to a picture show of a cartoon, he realizes that people need an alternate reality where they can laugh, not relieve their daily lives. This is what ultimately leads Sullivan to create a comedic film, not a serious one. A shot of the church begins this very important scene, then starts the sermon. As the sermon is being spoken, the chain gain starts to walk in, feet chained, and are given the first couple of rows, also known as the best seats. Once seated, the lights are dimmed and the film begins. It is a cartoon, and everyone is laughing hysterically, this is odd to Sullivan, why are they laughing he thinks to himself. Without even realizing it, Sullivan cracks a smile, then burst out laughing. By the end of the film, he has a new outlook on just what film people really want to see in the Depression era. The picture show scene shows that something as simple as a ninety-minute film can transport audiences to a world far from their own.
The picture shows were almost like window shopping for a time when their lives weren’t so bad. “Movies provided an escape from the hardships of the Great Depression, allowing a glimpse into high society life, so far from rural life”(Reinhardt and Ganzel).…

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