Decline of the Movie Industry

Essay by erin906High School, 12th gradeA+, May 2005

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Ever since the beginning of the motion picture industry, America has been world-renowned for its movies. In the beginning there was nothing but silent films, in which the actors had no lines and any dialogue in the story was expressed through text. Later, the integration of sound and moving pictures was introduced, which made the movie industry even more popular. As time continued to progress; more and more elements were introduced into the film experience; like special effects and 3d glasses. Some theaters even experimented with Smell-o-vision, the addition of scent into the film viewing experience. This endeavor was very fortunately short-lived.

Countless movies have been shot and released, but the past century has spawned a few timeless classics that have found their place in many a fan's heart. The Wizard of Oz-finished in 1939-was one of the first films to achieve a substantial fan base. It attained an almost cult-like following within a few years of its release.

Movies from this era were generally aimed for a family audience, and were suitable for children. The main character, Dorothy, is whisked away in a tornado from her home on the farm in Kansas, along with her little dog too. She awakens to find herself in a magical land of infinite mystery (and infinite songs apparently). After befriending several of the non-human natives, Dorothy embarks on a long trek down the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz, the only person in the land who can send her home. What ensues is a feel-good series of events of epic proportions that are fun for the whole family. Movies of this era stuck to the successful but predictable triumph of good over evil, an equation that is followed about 50 percent of the time in modern day movie making.

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