Yesterday, a Brit insulted the American film industry, saying it produced only unrealistic inanities. The facts prove her wrong. Hollywood is an artistic center with an oeuvre spanning a staggering array of movies, from 2001 A Space Odyssey, Philadelphia, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Casablanca, National Velvet, and On the Waterfront.
Hollywood and a boundless collection of independent film companies serve the United States with a trillion-dollar industry. It does not produce weapons of mass destruction or environmental pollution. Annually, it employs 2.1 million Americans, paying almost $150 billion in wages, and contributing over $15 billion in taxes. It is a unionized industry replete with politically active and philanthropic individuals.
The dramas, comedies and romances, the adventures, fantasies and fictions of the American film industry reveal the nuances of human consciousness to a world-wide audience of 4 billion people each year. The film industry in the USA is the godmother to television which has shrunk the world into a single global community. The American film industry recognizes and honors creations across international borders, strengthening respect and connection among countries.
Directors, actors, writers, technicians, editors, financiers, musicians, designers, and costumers – thousands of imaginative people leap together into the unknown, to turn a wisp of an idea into a communal reality – a reality which changes the world with a laugh and a tear, with products such as:
Citizen Kane (1941), From Here to Eternity (1953), The Godfather (1972), Amadeus (1984), Gone with the Wind (1939), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Star Wars (1977), The Sound of Music (1965), The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Graduate (1967), Fantasia (1940), Schindler’s List (1993), A Beautiful Mind (2002), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Stagecoach (1939), Some Like It Hot (1959), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Psycho (1960), An American in Paris (1951), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), Midnight Cowboy (1969), King Kong (1933), The Birth of a Nation (1915), Pulp Fiction (1994), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Bringing Up Baby (1938), ad infinitum….
American movies fuse talent, craft, innovation, technology and artistry into spectacles which predict and inspire the future, critique and give ease to the present, and shine spotlights on the past.
I applaud the American film industry and its work.