Symbolic Internationalism In The Film: The History Of Film

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History of Film Although, technically the history of film begins in Europe in the 1890’s with the first motion picture, every innovation in the art world from the beginning of time played a part in getting there. From cave drawings, to oil paintings, to photography, to stroboscopic toys; elements of film can be found in nearly every form of art. When the first motion picture was invented filmmakers were only able to make their films 50 seconds long, there was no camera movement, and no editing. Basically, all they could do was pick an interesting topic or scene, choose a place to put the camera, and keep rolling until the film ran out. Obviously filmmaking has come a long way since this time, but every great medium of communication has to …show more content…
Symbolic internationalism is “a theory that human interaction and communication is facilitated by words, gestures, and other symbols that have acquired conventionalized meanings.”(Dictionary.com 2016). In layman’s terms, it is a perspective of creating shared symbols in our society. The way that people think and perceive things is something that can be easily manipulated that is why it is so hard to keep up with what is “cool” and what is not. Basically, from the perspective of fashion, if there is a really good movie that was received well by many people, it is likely that the main characters fashion sense is going to become a trend. For example, in 1955 when Marilyn Monroe’s “The Seven Year Itch” was released and showed her iconic white halter dress being blown up over a street vent she redefined that way women could dress, be perceived, and the overall meaning of sex appeal. Another example is the 2008 film “Twilight” starring Kristen Stewart. After seeing Bella Swan sport her classic flannel over a tank top with jeans and sneakers, it completely changed that way pre-teens and teens dressed for the next few years. Even today you will still seen the Marilyn Monroe and Bella Swan being …show more content…
Nowadays more than ever it seems like there are new slang words popping up every day and one of the ways that these “new” words come up is through movies. For example, “fetch” from the film “Mean Girls” was a slang word that was more of a joke than a cool word that everyone said. Nevertheless, the movie still brought young people a new way to say “cool” or “awesome” that they would not have had otherwise. Sometimes a slang word will appear on a TV show and have the same effect that it would have had if it were in a film or a celebrity might say something to that effect or it might appear in an art piece. The point is that all art effect people; it does not really matter what medium it appears in, it will make an impact. For instance, the great philosopher Plato thought: “Art is powerful, and therefore dangerous. All of the arts move people powerfully. They can strongly influence our behavior, and even our character. For that reason music, along with poetry and drama and the other arts, should be part of the education of young citizens in his ideal republic, but should be strictly censored to present, at first, only the good.”
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