|Charlie Chaplin, filming the 1925 classic, ‘The Gold Rush’|
time of the Alaskan gold rush and finds himself in a far-flung cabin between a gold prospector and a fugitive from the law. Throughout the story in the silent film Chaplin’s character faces starvation as he deals, evades and one-ups the prospector and fugitive with their own agendas who will stop at nothing, even if it means possibly eating Chaplin’s character.
American life at the time was welcomed, even as the storylines pointed back, albeit metaphorically, to the reality of the times.
pedestal so magnificent as that created by the advent of Thomas Edison’s motion picture invention.
Murphy, Steve Martin, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro are just a few of the star names that have given light to everything under the sun, including racial justice, love,
endurance, humility, perseverance, family, community and brotherhood, as well as brought to light some of the not so glamorous aspects of culture, such as envy, greed, murder war and drugs. Like
Chaplain, each has given voice to concepts, emotions and happenings that are intertwined in the American quilt. Irrespective of the private or political lives of each of these actors, have they not served us by giving their all to make us laugh, cry, think and yes, be entertained for the length of a movie? Have their films not be instructional works of art mirroring much of our lives, even if with a touch of hyperbole for drama’s sake?
man helps build a church for impoverished East German nuns, Meryl Streep has graced the silver screen for decades and has been nominated more than any actor or actress for her film
work. Her art speaks for itself and covers a wide swath of American epochs fillingcharacter roles that range across the social-economic strata and speaking to countless hearts. Samuel L. Jackson’s, work in ‘Do The Right Thing,’ and Tarantino’s classic, ‘Pulp Fiction,’ emblazoned confidence, swag and uneasy righteousness in the character of a Bible-spewing henchman. Jackson’s character and Quentin Tarantino’s artistic direction helped raise up the notion of the strong African-American, even as the character’s work occupation had something to be desired of.
Costner’s role opposite the wonderful late-Whitney Houston in ‘The Body Guard’ fleshed out humanity and the biblical line that no greater love exists than
a one laying down their life for another. Mrs. Houston played her role and carved it into stone with her incredible song for the film, “I will always love you.” Mel Gibson’s storied career has had an incredible trajectory that has included telling the story of soldiers and veterans and the sacrifices they have endured in order to continuously safeguard the freedoms and liberties we enjoy. Julia Roberts smile and kind-hearted manner ease her into all of her character roles and has been a constant source of therapy generations have counted on. Who is like her? Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are in a league of their own and have been quiet champions of Italian-American heritage, central threads in the American cultural fabric. Jim Carrey gave everyone respite.