Relationship between American Films and American Ideas
Examines the relationship between the establishment of American films and American Ideas.
This essay examines the relationship between the establishment of American films and American Ideas. It features the works of John Ford (“Birth of a Nation”) and “The Iron Horse”. In addition, the writer tackles the issue of the promotion of the American ideal in Europe and how this influenced immigration.
“This new and exciting medium offered a new method of presenting ideas. While there were many movies concentrated around melodrama and the vaudeville tradition, the opportunity was there for film-makers to present their own vision of America. This relationship between film-makers and American history was compounded by the similarity of their development. As with America, film making began in the east. The major studios were to be found in New York with Chicago and its suburbs also being colonized by production companies. At first locating in the east had advantages. It was the center of American civilization and had access to labor and supplies and as such was perfect for studio based film making. However, at this time all but the most affluent studios were without adequate lighting systems and relied upon good light to film. This was a problem in the north and east due to seasonal changes in light conditions.”