During the Great Depression, people went to the movies to get their mind off things and to forget about things temporarily. Life was portrayed a few different ways during the Great Depression. Different genres of film gave different perspectives on what life was like. The three genres compared are comedy, gangster, and musical films. Room Service and Modern Times are two films in the comedy genre and they portrayed a worry-free lifestyle. The Public Enemy is a gangster film and it had a dangerous lifestyle. Last, but not least, is Gold Diggers of 1933 and it is a pretty happy film. These films all had one thing in common though; the characters all had problems with money, which greatly relates to the Great Depression.
Room Service was released in 1938 and it starred the Marx brothers and Lucille Ball. It is an RKO production comedy film and the director was William Seiter. Room Service was a comedy and throughout the movie, they were struggling with money but they were not stressed out about it. The movie showed that even though they didn’t have a whole lot, they still found a way to have fun. The lifestyle of this film was happy and easy going. The characters made the best of everything and always found a solution to their problems.
Modern Times was released in 1936 and starred Charlie Chaplin, who also produced and directed the film. It is a United Artist comedy film and took place in Los Angeles, California. Modern Times showed the poorer side of the Great Depression. Charlie Chaplin’s character went from having a job, being in prison, then getting out of prison but having nowhere to go. The girl featured in the film was an orphan and was living on the streets. Modern Times showed a poorer perspective of the Great Depression, but even though the times were hard, they got through it.
The Public Enemy, released in 1931, was the first gangster...