Road Movies

  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    This is when the Great Depression started. This was a result from World War 2, the world was in an economic depression. This depression effected everyone form the rich to the poor and lasted from 1929 to the late 1930's. Unemployment in America increased to 25%, the richer people in society had an idea that the stock market was going to crash so withdrew their money before the banks went bankrupt. The rich maintained their wealth. This decline in society was reflected in Road Movies.
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  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night
    "It Happened One Night", directed by Frank Capra was one of the first movies created of the genre Road Movies. This film is based on the escape of a rich girl 'Ellie' who falls in love with a lower class man 'Peter'. Her journey shows the development of her character, and the physical challenges she faces, to grow as a person. Throughout the film we are shown the affects of the Great Deppression on society.
  • Haze Code

    Haze Code
    This Haze code was established used by motion picture productions. This code specified what was acceptable and inacceptable content for film for public viewing in America. They wanted to return to being more conservative by enforcing rules such as a couple out of wedlock were not allowed to be in the same bed together. A married couple in bed must have their hands above the cover and their feet sticking out the bottom, to show noting indecent was happening. Nudity and violence was excluded.
  • Film history

    The rise of drive-in theaters to a peak number in the late 50s with over 4,000 outdoor screens, and a youth reaction to middle-aged cinema. Older viewers were prone to stay at home and watch television (about 10.5 million US homes had a TV set in 1950).The 50s decade also ushered in the age of Rock and Roll and a new younger market of teenagers. This youth-oriented group was opposed to the older generation's choice of nostalgic films.
  • Vietnam War 1960's

    Vietnam War 1960's
    The Vietnam War, also know as the Cold War. Vietnnam was ruled by the french. The vietnam communist party wanted independance. America feared Communism, so decided to help the french fight this war as they wished to contain communism as they were afraid that if one nation falls under the communist control, others will also be influenced by this. An estimated 2.2million soliders were sent to Vietnam to0 fight, the majority being the average age of 19. 58,000 American soliders were killed.
  • Women's Rights

    Women's Rights
    During the 1960' women began to protest fort heir rights to work and have independance
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    This passed into law. Black equal rights....
  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde
    'Bonnie and Clyde' directed by Arthur Penn is based on a true events. It is a story of a man and a woman who roamed the state robbing banks, apparently they were in love and were seeking fame and fortune. This film was created in the 1960's. We can see in the film how it is less conservative and shows more nudity and violence than films made in the 1930'- 1950's. This illustrates events taking place within the sixties also.
  • Moral Issues

    In the 1970s moral issues—especially regarding abortion, sexuality and the family—became politically prominent and conservatives staked out distinctive positions, often with grassroots support from religious organizations such as the Moral Majority. This bringing together of separate ideologies under a conservative umbrella was known as "fusionism".
  • William Kennedy Smith Rape Case

    William Kennedy Smith Rape Case
    He was J.F Kennedy's cousin. He rapped a girl in 1980's and was acquitted, because apparently the girl he raped provoked him as she was dressed and was acting promiscousley. Three women were witnesses and were willing to testify but their testimonials were excluded and he was acquitted on all charges as he claimed that the sex was consentual. The case ended in 1991, Thelma and louise was released soon after.
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  • Thelma and Louise

    Thelma and Louise
    'Thelma and Louise', directed by Ridley Scott is a pro-feminism film. This film shows the themes of freedom, and is a response to the conservatism and shows how they are breaking free from the conventional roles of women during this time. The William Kennedy rape case is refered to in this film, showing the corruption of the police and how women are seen as inferior and at fault based on their gender. Lady Gaga's video Telephone has reference to the final scene where, her and beyonce clasp hands