Not just superheroes: The Voice of Hollywood

Lots of Hollywood films are about superheroes, monsters and fantasy worlds, but there are others that deal with more complex social and political questions. In 1930s the film maker and actor Charlie Chaplin, in “Modern Times”, dealt with the problems of industrialization and poverty and in 1950s James Dean, in The Rebel, reflected an era of rock’n’roll music and teenage rebellion. Films, like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” underlined the problem of racism and movies like “Good Morning Vietnam” spoke out against war.

Problems like ecology, civil rights, racism and crime are the subjects of many important Hollywood films.

Some examples of films with a social conscience include “Erin Brockovich” (2000), the true story of a single woman’s campaign as ecological activist, and “Wonder” (2017), which tells about a young boy with a facial deformity who tries to fit into the world around him.

Today the Internet gives the possibility to see Hollywood productions at home thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. These online providers show a huge variety of films, documentaries and TV series from different film studios and production companies. In particular the TV series is booming. Some of them deal with actual problem. “Stranger Things” and “Riverdale” comment on social anxiety and peer pressure; “Modern Family” deals with non-traditional families and “Grey’s Anatomy” is about a multitude of social and political topics.

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