Hidden value in Famous Movies

The article by Erin B. Taylor is a review of the book Hollywood Blockbusters; The Anthropology of Popular Movies by Anthropologists David Sutton and Peter Wogan.   The article explains that the book exemplifies a new way of using anthropology.  Sutton and Wogan use an anthropological view to discover what makes famous movies famous.  They find that the most renowned movies like The Godfather (1972) revel a part of American Culture in a way that others do not.  The movies almost subconsciously revel aspects of ourselves that are hard to distinguish.

The author explains that every culture has myths that are passed down from one generation to another.  “But it can be difficult to identify just what is the Thor, Medusa or dreamtime spirit of our place and time.  This is partly because societies tend to blend into one another as people and cultural products move fluidly around the world.”

Movies however can capture a spirit of a time period that then can be passed down from generation to generation.  They can explain a culture and attitude of a decade or just common human nature.  In the case of The Godfather it is explained that when food is offered it binds people together and when it is not tension or violence emerges.

Showing is telling and a picture is worth a thousand words.  It makes sense that movies can almost subconsciously capture an essence of American Culture and the ones that capture it best are the movies that are passed down from one generation to another.