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Y200 Politics and Film, Lecture #16 …

Y200 Politics and Film, Lecture #16
April 5, 2011

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  • 1. Y200 Politics and Film April 5, 2011
  • 2. Interesting Films about Hollywood
    • A Star is Born (1954)
    • Sunset Boulevard (1950
    • The Day of the Locust (1975)
    • The Front (1976)
    • The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
    • Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
    Gloria Swanson
  • 3. Recent Films about Hollywood
    • Postcards from the Edge (1990)
    • Barton Fink (1991)
    • Ed Wood (1994)
    • Get Shorty (1995)
    • Wag the Dog (1997)
    • Gods and Monsters (1998)
    • Bowfinger (1999)
  • 4. Important Documentaries about Hollywood
    • Naked Hollywood (1991)
    • Visions of Light (1992)
    • The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
    • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
    • Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996)
    • Hollywoodism (1998)
  • 5. Books about Hollywood
    • Julia Phillips, You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
    • Robert Evans, The Boy Stays in the Picture
    • Ian Grey, Sex, Stupidity and Greed
    • Lynda Obst, Hello, He Lied
    • Peter Bart, The Gross
    • Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters, Hit and Run (about Jon Peters and Peter Guber at Sony)
  • 6. The Power of Hollywood
    • Hollywood can reinforce or undermine prevailing myths and hegemonial ideologies (but it usually reinforces them).
    • Hollywood can anoint or suppress new creative voices in society.
    • By granting so much power to a private entity, the United States has made its culture highly dependent on market forces.
  • 7. Political Constraints
    • Legacies of Hollywood History
      • past censorship
        • the Hayes Commission (1930s)
        • the Production Code
      • McCarthyism and the “Red Scare”
      • corporate censorship -- “Citizen Kane”
    • Hollywood ambitions for political influence
    • Continuing criticisms of bias in film-making
  • 8. Culture in the Marketplace
    • Contemporary Hollywood is mostly self-regulated to avoid censorship
    • Hollywood provides content that appeals to both the strengths and weaknesses of mass audiences:
      • it is anti-elitist, democratic, pro human rights
      • in the quest for viewers, it erodes norms about depicting violence and pornography and it undermines community and civility
  • 9. Hope for the Future?
    • Growing importance of independent studios in supplying the demand for new films.
    • New film festivals like Sundance that make it easier for independents to hook with big studios for distribution deals.
    • Internet-based video and film operations that provide new ways to discover talent.