The American Dream and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema by J. Emmett Winn

By J. Emmett Winn

While the parable of a classless the USA endures within the American Dream, the very stratification that it denies unfairly impacts the vast majority of americans. learn after examine indicates that it is more and more tricky for operating type humans to accomplish upward mobility within the US - so how does the yank Dream proceed to thrive?

J. Emmett Winn shows us that the yankee Dream's endured glorification in modern Hollywood cinema shouldn't be missed. The ebook explicates 3 significant issues surrounding the yankee Dream in modern Hollywood cinema and relates these findings to the us' social and cultural adjustments within the final 25 years. via his considerate research of movies as various as Working lady, vast, lovely girl, Flashdance, The company, sturdy Will looking, Saturday evening Fever, Wall highway and many others, Winn indicates that modern Hollywood is especially a lot within the enterprise of preserving the Dream alive.

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Does accepting Nick's help demonstrate a lapse in integrity on Alex's part? It does not, and the audience overlooks this in the same way they ignore Tess's imposter act in Working Girl. As Nick argues, his help merely makes it possible for Alex to demonstrate her worthiness to the cultural snobs who would unfairly keep her from an audition had he not intervened. So Alex goes through with the audition and wows the stuffy panel. She has obtained her goal through hard work and moral integrity and in the end is rewarded with her version of the American Dream.

Zack becomes an officer and a gentleman, and Paula achieves her dream of true love. Foley, the working-class sergeant, shows Zack that honor is not in the uniform of an officer, but in the conduct and character of the person, and transforms Zack from troubled loner to an emotionally healthy and ethical person. An Officer and a Gentleman and Working Girl present conflicts as personal problems of upward mobility (the American Dream) for the characters: the films' morality demonstrates how the characters can achieve a better life.

This is complicated by levels of income, as Zack sees himself as poor in relation to the officers' families. This is demonstrated when he is talking to fellow trainee and friend, Sid, in a bar. There Zack remarks that Sid must be rich because he is the son of an officer rather than an enlisted man like Byron. Officers are presented as well-dressed, clean-cut, and clean-living individuals, while Byron and Zack's life is dirty and cheap. Byron and Zack's living conditions and appearance coupled with the military hierarchy place Byron in a subordinate position to officers and communicate a type of working-class affiliation for these two men.

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