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    During the Golden Age of Hollywood, studios controlled not only the resources of production but also how the films were released. The most prominent of these studios, known as “The Big Five,” consisted of Paramount Pictures, RKO, Warner Brothers, Fox, and Loew’s Incorporated. Again, during that time, they controlled the development, production, and distribution of films which lead to the studio system. The Paramount decision, stemming from the United States Supreme Court Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948 (United States vs. Paramount Pictures), defined how studios could no longer hold financial interests or own theaters. Another historical event also saw its beginnings during the 1930’s and 1940’s where American entertainers were denied employment opportunities due to suspected Communist affiliation. As the United States government, specifically the office of HUAC, turned to the film industry for ties to the American Communist Party, eventually hundreds of entertainers became blacklisted from the industry. These two events caused catastrophic damage to the filmmaking industry which must be detailed as additional…

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    Communism In Film

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    communists, many writers, actors, and directors were imprisoned under charges of Communism. Manipulated by powerful film panels as well as governmental organizations, filmmakers were constricted into releasing pro-America propaganda while communist sympathizers were left without work until the late 1980s through the use of several Blacklists or through prison sentences. The state of the film industry during the Cold War was undeniably affected by the rampant spread of McCarthyism, as shown…

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    Based off the novel written by Howard Fast, the movie “Spartacus” is an incredible drama that brings to life the legacy of Spartacus, a slave who rises above the rest, leading his companions in a major uprising against the Roman Republic. This film was released in 1960, right in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement which occurred from 1954 to 1968. Although not extremely obvious at first glance, there were some political influence in the making of this film since author Howard Fast and…

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    Satire In Life Of Brian

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    Academy Award for Best Actress after being nominated for the last three years. When she starred in Cleopatra she essentially made the film that much more epic. Her status gave that movie a high reputation, and it helped generate a lot of money and publicity. She was making the highest salary in Hollywood during the production of this film (1 million dollars). Spartacus and the Hollywood Blacklist: By 1945 it had been suspected that Hollywood was being influenced by communists. In 1946…

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    America Joseph McCarthy was the senator of Wisconsin from 1947-1957. During this time, America and the Soviet Union were involved in the Cold War. All throughout America, the Red Scare was in full swing, and the fear of communism was strong. McCarthy knew this, and used it to his advantage while re-running for his senate position. As part of his anti-communist campaign, McCarthy claimed that the Soviets had high-profile spies in the government. He then accused 205 people in the government and…

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    Introduction The representation of Africa and African people in popular American media has been a major concern in academic disciplines and the subject of numerous books and essays. Many scholars and activists have written about this issue seeking to introduce new knowledges and methodologies into the debate while taking into account the overwhelming evidence of the colonial influence on these representations. The debates and arguments are not restricted to Hollywood films (although Hollywood…

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    Before the 1940s, Hollywood and the Studio System, was one that carried the American Film Industry to new heights and brought on different visions from aspiring filmmakers and film companies. What was once just a convenient place to escape the grasp and control of The Trust, became the place to be during the 1920s. Hollywood was thriving with the system it created. The Big Five film companies created movies that made those years the Golden Age of Hollywood. But of course a system that gave the…

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    The Debut Film Analysis

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    culture, using the real problems and relatable issues that teenagers face. This film is one of the first films I’ve viewed which portrays an Asian culture as what it truly is. Unlike many other films and scenes in Hollywood cinema, this film did not use negative stereotypes or derogatory topics as its main base. Director Gene Cajayon is from the Filipino agency and grew up in its heritage; this reflects on the films true use of Tagalog, traditions, relationships, and cultural values. What was…

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    Within the city of East Hollywood according to the U.S Census (2000) there is a population of 73,967where 60.4% are Latino, 17.5% White, 15.5% Asian, 2.4% Black, and 4.1% other. Within the East Hollywood population there is a median household income of $29,927 and 3,281 families headed by single parents. Also in the East Hollywood population the median age is 31 where in the country the highest population range of age ranges from 19 to 34 (Mapping L.A., 2016). Central Hollywood on the other hand…

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    Formulaic Film Essay

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    Hollywood film has been a dominant force in the world of film due to its box office success that comes through archetypical forms that appeal to the masses and allows for them to be entertained. The film industry in Latin America has had a more challenging time creating films that are as commercially successful which would allow the films in Latin American countries to be able to create a stronger national cinema identity. Though much of Latin America appears to be further underdeveloped than…

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