Thursday, November 14, 2013

Success of Films

Selcer, R.F. "Home Sweet Movies." Journal Of Popular Film & Television 18.2 (1990): 52. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

For essay #3 I’m going to continue to work with the Wizard of Oz, based off of Linda Seger’s article “Creating The Myth”. The scholarly source I am using is an article written by R.F Selcer called “Home Sweet Movies” from the Journal Of Popular Film & Television. Selcer writes about the movies The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, both of which were released in 1939. Throughout his article Selcer talks about the importance of these films due to the timing in which they were released: the end of the Depression Era. He claims these movies reached a point where they connected on such a deep personal level with the audience at the time and that is why they were so popular and remained so popular over the years. He explains how the theme of home is present in both films and how this home myth is one of the most popular myths used in the movie making industry. 

In my essay I want to elaborate on how The Wizard of Oz was so successful because of the underlying message within the film. In essay # 3 I want to discuss how and if the effect of themes and messages within movies affect the viewers and the success of the films. In Selcer’s article he explains how The Wizard of Oz reached out to its audience, “The Wizard of Oz was able to walk the thin line between fantasy and reality because they allowed their audiences to enjoy the fantastic elements of the stories while seeing real-life situations at work.” I am going to incorporate this quote into my essay because Selcer explains exactly how the film was able to get into the mind and the hearts of the viewers. He claims this is the reason this film was such a success and why it continued on to be a success many years later. 

1 comment:

  1. Nicely done, Maria! What do you think that "underlying message within the film" is?