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A Future Historian Interpreting Cinematic Expression Of Today Movies

Throughout the quarter, we have covered many topics and films across the history of cinema. It is a daunting task to be comprehensive given the massive scope of the subject and the time limitations of our course. That being said, you should now be better equipped with a more developed picture of the evolving and revolving developments across more than 100 years of cinematic expression. It is my hope that this course has provided you with a broader perspective on the international contributions and collaborations that create the rich landscape of media around us.

Thus, your final paper will task you with shifting focus from the past towards the present and future. Try to imagine how a historian from the future would interpret what the films of 2016 say about our society. In other words, as we have utilized texts from the past to gain insight into the political, social, and cultural lives of those before us, you should utilize texts from today in order to do so about us. First, select several films around which to build your paper. You should draw connections from the material to the present attitudes, policies, and events that provide the context for filmmakers in 2017.

You may further explore what trends you see growing, expanding, or shifting with audiences in the coming years. There are plenty of places to find industry analysis on audience trends. I am not looking for an extended review of several films. While your personal opinions are valid on a certain level, they must be incorporated within a clear argument or exploration of a larger topic. Your paper should include at least 4 sources. Again, movie reviews are not the only sources that you should utilize for this project.

Avoid using any blogs or personal review sites. IMDB does not count as a source. Wikipedia does not count as a source. Also, films screened do not count as sources. I’m looking for quality research for this paper from books, film magazines, newspapers, and/or academic journals.

Sample Paper on The History of Cinema and Its Application To social Themes

The themes adopted in most movies are developed in such a way that they illuminate the current position of the society. They also portray how the society views have advanced or are being included to the life of individuals at the time. Since the first films were released in 1927, there has been a major change in how the movies are developed. Movies today, adorn the concept of realism portraying the ideas that the merge of the different themes and social constructs that society has. Never before in the history of the world, has there been a civilization that allows different individuals in the society to show respect for one another as it is today. [1] However, with these differences in the dynamics of the society, there has been extensive reliance on different themes that tend to dominate the attention to the viewers. For example, the concept of violence and romance fantasies has increasing become a norm in movies today compared to the time when the first movies begun. This review will discuss how movies today reflect the current political, social and cultural atmosphere and how historians in the future will view today if they were relying on movies in the year 2016.

Political Environment

[blur] The political platform has extensively been built upon in most of the current movies releases. In most cases, movies based on political themes may portray, the highly developed nations exerting their power on the weaker and smaller nations that are viewed to portray the lack of democracy, lack of respect for the civil rights of human beings and portrayal of the selfish interests of the leaders in these nations. The US is portrayed as a superpower that does have the willing to relinquish this right at all no matter the cost. To a historian, it might be of interest to know why the US was portrayed as a superpower, many years even after the world war two. They would also want to know whether the US government feels in any way threated if they were to lose this right as portrayed in the movie Jason Bourne or London has fallen. [2] The movies might explain the historian the roles that each nation has to play to the changes that the world has experienced. [/blur]

[blur] The movie 13 hours: the secret soldiers of Benghazi is a classic example of a movie whose plot is heavily reliant on portraying the turmoil that existed in Libya after the collapse of Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi regime. It is also one of the examples that portrays how the weaker smaller nations that do not have democracy have failed in maintaining security, assuring the rights or civil liberties of every citizen. To a historian, such a movie might indicate the position of the country is owing to the existence of civil skirmishes in such a nation. It might also indicate how unsettled issues between the governments and the struggle for power were an important factor that affects the relationship between a country and its enemies.[3] Besides the history of Libya, there are other Islamic nations that have been viewed to have skirmishes that are motivated by the quest for power.[4] In future, a historian might begin to comprehend how those countries were shaped to change by refereeing to some of the themes in these movies to comprehend the state of affairs at the time when the movie was being released.[5] [/blur]

[blur] Corruption as a theme has extensively been explained in so many of the modern movies. In 2016, almost every movie had a piece of it including animation movies. Interestingly, even though the developed nation tends to create the impression that they are not vulnerable to such vices. Corruption has been the one common vice that tends to bind all nations together. Almost all nations have a trace on corruptions today, and the movies reinforce that despite being a vice it is still one of the tools to accessing illegally what one may want depending on how much money they have.[6] The influence of money has become a common attribute today in most movies and while it is clear that it is a vice, to a historian, understanding such a perspective will be an essential aspect of the discussion. In 2016, so many movies adorn this theme including the movies the Central Intelligence, and Jason Bourne.[/blur]

[blur] A major component of the role of the government has been portrayed in the political conspiracy movies. Movie series such as Designated Survivor, have adopted an aspect of explaining how behind the scenes of what people know about government lies powerful corporations that have the influence on how major decisions will be made all around the world depending on the interests that they may have. Conspiracies have always been a mystery even to the modern public, and a historian will have a lot of investigations and arguments relating to how such conspiracies tend to influence government. In fact, if the historian were to rely on the historical events, they might begin to look changes in the different governments and documentaries that cover some of the aspects that are attributed to behind the rise of these forms of injustice. The documentary 13th (film) might be an eye opener to a historian urging them to review some of the unresolved issues by governments that could have transformed or improved the state of the nations.[7] [/blur]

Social Environment

[blur] The social perspective might also offer another look on some of the problems that individual living in 2016 might have been facing depending on their age groups. The movie Get a Job is based on the current challenge that the society is experiencing such as the lack of jobs all of which are modern problems that almost all age groups of individuals have to face. A historian reviewing such a movie might be looking to understand the importance of jobs in the modern day individual and why they had to make a movie portraying their importance. They might understand some of the challenges that the society has had to encounter especially with the adoption of new technology to replace the role of humans. [/blur]

[blur] The rise of technology has been one of the most important milestones that the world has been witnessing in the past ten years, and most movies have been developed in such a way that they portray the role of technology in the lives of humans. In almost all the movies that have been released, a higher level of reliance has been in technology and its impact on the modern society. Technology has become a tool that makes it easier for humans to access the basic amenities and to interact with other individuals. While the future, may mark a change in the dynamics of technology to be more advanced, 2016 allows a historian to comprehend how the boom of social media and other platforms of interactions have grown. The increased development of animation movies in the different domains might be an eye opener on how technology grew its roots in the society. [/blur]

Culture

[blur] Culture also played an important role towards the development of movies since it showcases how different individuals interact while showing some of the themes that are part of their being. The Chinese culture has for centuries been portrayed to be conservative, and in 2016, the release of movies even marked a better interpretation of their belief. With the release of an animation movies such as Kung Fu Panda which was cited to be the perfect portrayals of the Chinese culture, an individual might comprehend how some of the values that have been retained by such a culture. Although the movie is created under the realm of imagination, the main characters have adorned personalities that would be regarded to be conservative in nature reinforcing some of the beliefs of the Chinese.[8] [/blur]

[blur] Interestingly, the dynamics of culture have been showcased to be changing depending on the changes that face the conservative aspects of the different parts of the world. The changing of such cultural dynamics is motivated with the new approaches in the form of interaction, the rise urban centers and the fact that it is now possible for an individual to move to a different country and be allowed to exist with ease so long as they conform to the laws of the land. The animation movie Zootopia best depicts how even those individuals that would be considered to be minor in the society can have a say and still interact with the world.[9] In future, a historian might view, such an act to be an effort to portray the quest for equity and equality in the society. [/blur]

[blur] Other movies that best echo social aspects are The Brothers Grimsby and Bad Grandpa movie. The development of the plot best resonates the importance of family and love as the main aspects of culture and social interactions. Most of the movies that have been developed tend to portray the family as an important unit which transcends blood. In fact, most of the movies have been portraying the love for other people in other races solely being an aspect that is motivated by respect and being together to do similar things including having fun and humour.[10] Although a fair share of the movies portrays themes such as divorce to be on the rise, the importance of children being raised by two parents still has been pot rayed to be an important aspect today, and it might be an aspect worth the comprehension of a historian in future. [/blur]

Conclusion

[blur] Most of the movies in 2016 have been fashioned in such a way that they depict the main themes that are in the society. Although a larger share of these movies are based on futurist and imaginative settings, this acts as a reference point which the historian will allow them to comprehend that a larger part of the society in 2016 were literate and were aware of the existence of the different technologies in their time. The dynamics of movies have also been accommodative of all genders as equal an aspect that the historian in the future might want to investigate how such changes may have existed as of the year 2016.

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Eide, Kai. The power struggle over Afghanistan: an inside look at what went wrong--and what we can do to fix it. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

Emiko, Ochiai, and Aoyama Kaoru, eds. Asian Women and Intimate Work. Brill, 2013.

Gries, Peter, Matthew A. Sanders, David R. Stroup, and Huajian Cai. "Hollywood in China: How American Popular Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the “Beautiful Imperialist”–An Experimental Analysis." The China Quarterly 224 (2015): 1070-1082.

Haberski Jr, Raymond J. It's only a movie!: Films and critics in American culture. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

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[1] Magstadt, Thomas M. Understanding politics: ideas, institutions, and issues. Australia: Wadsworth, 2016.

[2] Ibid

[3] Draper, Theodore. A struggle for power: the American Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 2013.

[4] Eide, Kai. The power struggle over Afghanistan: an inside look at what went wrong--and what we can do to fix it. New York: Skyhorse Pub, 2012.

[5] Sobchack, Vivian. The persistence of history: cinema, television and the modern event. Routledge, 2014.

[6] ibid

[7] Bordwell, David. The way Hollywood tells it: Story and style in modern movies. Univ of California Press, 2006.

[8] Gries, Peter, Matthew A. Sanders, David R. Stroup, and Huajian Cai. "Hollywood in China: How American Popular Culture Shapes Chinese Views of the “Beautiful Imperialist”–An Experimental Analysis." The China Quarterly 224 (2015): 1070-1082.

[9] Haberski Jr, Raymond J. It's only a movie!: Films and critics in American culture. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

[10] Emiko, Ochiai, and Aoyama Kaoru, eds. Asian Women and Intimate Work. Brill, 2013.

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