America Compared Americans, Europeans, And The Movies


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America Compared Americans, Europeans, And The Movies

  1. 1. Jose M Cantera History 141 Arguello 5/6/2009
  2. 2. Americans, Europeans, and the Movies <ul><li>During the 1920’s there was a revolution in middle class America towards attitudes. </li></ul><ul><li>America was fueled by postwar prosperity prohibition, sexual attitudes, and the automobile. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon flappers and speakeasies began to arise. People went less to church and there were more divorces. </li></ul><ul><li>The roaring twenties were the years in which the transition of cultural customs took place. </li></ul><ul><li>Their were some who were concerned about culture moving away from Victorian habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Their was a revival of the Ku Klux Kan and others who said that America was moving away from being a protestant country. </li></ul><ul><li>They even aimed to censor a media outlet that influenced free thinking. The movies allowed filmmakers to express new ideas. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Americans, Europeans, and the Movies <ul><li>A lot of people agreed that movies were an effective outlet to getting rid of middle class manners from the Victorian era. </li></ul><ul><li>millions of young adults both woman and men went to the movie theaters to see revolutionary concepts on the big screen. </li></ul><ul><li>To people the new concepts that were being advertised on movies was something to gasp about. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people soon began to follow and mimic what they saw on screen. They began to drink, smoke, dress, flirt, and behave how what they saw in movies. </li></ul><ul><li>This , however was somewhat limited to the white middle class while being opposed by conservatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people were eager to change their behavioral habits while still wanting to preserve old ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Public perception soon was emphasized on the movie material. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Americans, Europeans, and the Movies <ul><li>Sklar believed that is was more of the silent comedy films than the drama that influenced middle class America. </li></ul><ul><li>Sklar soon realized that European filmgoers were more interested and understand them more than Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans went to the movies to witness the European passion while Europeans went to the movies to experience American comedy and action. </li></ul><ul><li>Through Sklar films began to portray the cultural background of certain people that the movies were about. </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes soon began to arise about certain people. </li></ul><ul><li>Films also began to depict culture and behavior as well as public opinion during their perspective eras. </li></ul><ul><li>The movies were able to become an international medium of entertainment. </li></ul><ul><li>New culture began to arise from movies as they depicted new behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon other nations followed in the film industry further influencing the culture in their own countries. </li></ul>