Hi, I am looking for someone to write an article on the great depression and the american film industry Paper must be at least 1750 words. Please, no plagiarized work! The industry grew, albeit slowly, in the face of the depression. Weighed down by the harshness of the depression, increasingly more Americans found solace in the films. This paper discusses the effects of the depression first on the film industry as a whole than on two specific aspects of the industry, namely the Hollywood Blacklist and the Hollywood Ten.
By the onset of the depression, the film was becoming the preferred form of entertainment for most Americans (Anderson 33). Thus, even as the depression peaked and unemployment and poverty roared, between 60 and 70 million Americans were spending fifteen cents a week to watch a movie at the theatres.
The Great Depression disrupted existing social structures. For instance, in a bid for households to make ends meet, women who were hitherto housewives were forced to look for paid work to supplement their incomes of their working husbands or to substitute it if the husband had lost their job. Comedies produced in the depression and subsequent years began to portray disdain for traditional values and institutions (Eckstein 429). Films such as Duck Soup (1933) and Animal Crackers (1930) satirized class structures, marriage, and universities among other institutions. Other directors such as Mae West used sexual innuendo to mock the morality of the middle class. Their earliest films such as I’m No Angel (1933) contributed to the development of the Motion Picture Production Code of 1934. The Code was prompted by public and government pressure and bound directors to refrain from the use of sexually suggestive language and actions in their films.
As Hollywood directors tried to comply with the new Code, the studios had a growing demand for gifted screenwriters who would mint witty conversations for the actors. Hollywood was one of the few places in the country where people still held full jobs and salaries were on the rise (Kokonis 172). Soon scores of talented writers stormed the West Coast.
They injected into films the much-needed creativity and helped studios comply with the new Code. .