A Distraction During The Great Depression

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During the Great Depression, everyone was looking for a distraction from the terrible times around them. One way to put their mind at ease was to go to the theater and watch movies. Even during this era of distress, 60 to 80 million people a week still managed to go to the movies. Comedies were a great way to look at the bright side of situations and to put off the stress. In contrast, gangster films showed the fear that maybe what you are doing is not enough to get by and it would be nearly impossible to survive this economic crisis. Never the less, films of the Great Depression provided people hope and reassurance in that this too shall pass.
Watching films from the Great Depression era today, we can see how people survived and made a living during the crisis. Everyone’s common goal was to find work and would do whatever they could to be able to provide for their families and themselves. Work could be very demanding when trying to make a pretty penny. Some ways people made a living was by working in a factory, as shown in Chaplin’s Modern Times, or in a more dangerous way of the mobster lifestyle such as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. The Public Enemy.
One way to make a living during the Great Depression was to be employed at a factory. In the film Modern Times attention is brought upon how demanding and stressful being a factory can be. Although being comedic a point is made on how hard they work. There is even someone who advertising the failing idea of a machine to feed the workers as they work so there is no need for a break! After Charlie Chaplin’s character is given a break time at the factory his arms are still doing the motion in which his job requires on the assembly line. Comedy strikes as he walks around the factory twisting his arms as if he is till working. From this though we see how strict the job...

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