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Films of the 1930's

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Introduction

FILM'S OF THE 1930'S The 30's are sometimes referred to as the 'Golden Age of Hollywood'; it was the decade that kick started sound and colour films. It encompassed many different genres including gangster, musicals, comedies, westerns, horrors and social-realism films. I will be focussing on the gangster and musical genres. A common feature in many of the films produced in the 30's was the element of fantasy and adventure. Examples include; King Kong, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Robin Hood and Treasure Island. Another feature was the idea of heroes and villains. For Example: The Wicked Witch of the West vs. ...read more.

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Society believed that any married woman in the workforce was taking jobs away from the men and hence, these women suffered discrimination and public resentment. Some of the most iconic damsel in distress include; Fay and Jane from King Kong and Tarzan the Ape Man. Gangster films rose to prominence in the early 30's with films such as Little Caesar and Scarface. Events such as the Prohibition Era and the Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, the existence of real-life gangsters and the increase of organised crime aided the rise and popularity of gangster films. Without the development of sound technology and mobile cameras, gangster films would not have been a reality. ...read more.

Conclusion

This inundation caused a lull in popularity and triggered a slight decline in the use of Technicolor during the early 30's. A great example of how musicals depicted life is The Wizard of Oz. Every scene which is based in Kansas is filmed in black and white; whereas the whole of Oz is filmed in colour. This represents that dreaming and hope was exciting compared to reality. Essentially, films in the 1930's were designed to pick people up with tales and stories which always ended happily. The public wanted novelty and cheerfulness and that is exactly what each film intended to bring; whether it be by making the audience laugh or by depicting an aspect of life which interested the viewers. Films helped to bring the people through the tough decade of the 1930's. ...read more.

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