The Film Industry During The Great Depression

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The Great Depression is when the film industry boomed with new types of movies like: gangster films and musicals. They were both born in the Great Depression. Most films show the hardships of the time period. Some of the films display this very well for example Modern Times staring Charlie Chaplin. One of the more well-known gangster films was The Public Enemy.. These films have very different views of the time period but still have things in common. This paper will compare Modern Times and The Public Enemy.

Modern Times, it was produced in1936 it was written, directed and staring Charlie Chaplin. This film was about the Little Tramp trying the get thought the modern times. The film starts in a factory where Little Tramp works. He works on a assembly line till he has a nervous breakdown and runs amok though the factory until he is arrested and sent to jail. While he is in jail, the factory that he was working is closed because of strikes. When he is released, he tries to get put back in jail because he has a place to live, have food, he knows that it will be better because if he is in jail there is no problems in there. When he gets released form jail he save a girl and starts a live with her. The Little Tramp is now trying to find a job. He got a job at a mall but when he was working there the mall is broken into. The robbers were trying to get food and a place to sleep. At that time, it was hard to get money to get food and a place to stay so people reverted to stealing to get thought the bad times. He also lost his job. After that, the girl that the Little Tramp is with finds a house, it is a little wooden shack that is falling apart. This shows that there is a lot of improvised housing in the time period. After this, the Little Tramp gets a job again at the same factory that he worked at before but after a short time, the other workers go on strike again. The Little Tramp was put in jail again because he stepped on a plank that lunched a brick hit a cop and that starting a riot. The girl he was with found a job working at a café as a dancer and she got a job for the Little Tramp too. At this point, the Little Tramp was forced to sing after his act, the police came to arrest the girl but gain she escapes aging with the Little Tramp. They walk off in to the sun set tougher. This was the last movie that the Little Tramp was in.

The Public Enemy, was produced in 1931 was written by Kubec Glasmon and John Bright and Directed by William A. Wellman. The Public Enemy, a film was one of the more well-known gangster films of the time period. The film starts as the actors as kids, this shows that Tom and Matt was...

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