World Cinema

Is Hollywood out of fashion!?

#Statistics have recently shown that audiences are turning away from the typical silver screen offerings and seeking out smaller budget films and theatre productions. #Audiences seem to be more content with the intelligent, beautiful words of playwrights such as Shakespeare on the stage, rather than the high tech films now produced. Could the reign of #Hollywood be threatened with the rise of the ‘Bollywood’ and now ‘Nollywood’ (Nigerian) film making industry? The most dramatic difference between the two is the money spent on making the films; the average amount of money spent on a ‘Nollywood’ film is approximately $20,000 whereas it costs Hollywood on average $1.5 million. However, many claim that movies not borne from Hollywood are poorly crafted and cannot compete with the high standards American film and TV.

What is important though is the boom that film making industries other than Hollywood have experienced. As one shouldn’t judge a #book by its cover, one shouldn’t judge a movie by its budget. Many foreign #films are brilliantly made and have excellent plot lines, despite not using an excessive budget and celebrity actors. Some examples are ‘City of God’, ‘The Untouchables’, ‘The Chorus’, and many Pedro #Almodovar films. Another good reason to watch these films is to practise some other #languages that you may be learning.


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