Movie Analysis : ' We Didn 't Start The Fire ' Essay

1880 Words Dec 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Throughout history there has always been a defining pop-culture moment or moments. Billy Joel’s song and video “We Didn’t Start the Fire” encapsulates the events starting at the end of the 1940’s through the 1980’s. The chorus, “We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning. We didn’t start the fire. No, we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it.” (Joel) sets the premise of the video. The lyrics in the song are rapid fire historical moments while the video shows the evolution of the American family with many of each decade’s top historical events influencing the changes within family dynamics. The most poignant images within the video are of political, military and civil moments. The images express there will always be what Billy Joel calls fires, that need to be fought. Though these moments captured within the video are for specific time periods, the overall message pertains to the now as new moments of conflict continue to happen. Politicians are now referencing pop-culture media more often as a way to connect with the public. As the video for “We Didn’t Start the Fire” opens, we see the joy and excitement of a newlywed couple with, seemingly, not a care in the world. The setting begins in 1949 and 1950’s in a traditional family kitchen with the with a homey feel to the furnishings of the era. There is an immediate transition to the happy couple expanding into a family, and experiencing the American Dream. The husband adoringly tends to…

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