How the Movies Reflect
Pop Compared to the decades that came before it, the 1990s were a carefree decade. Here is how 1999 movies in particular dealt with this steadiness that seemed to exist. Stability Periods.cubicle movie
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A global epidemic
that has disrupted day-to-day living for the foreseeable future has put us in the midst of a continuous, unprecedented disaster. It will be intriguing (to put it mildly) to watch what kinds of movies we produce in the aftermath of COVID-19 once the dust has settled.
Cinema is highly effective in capturing and, ideally, making sense of chaotic real-world situations, such as Cold War tension or terrorist strikes. Because of this, German cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer defined our connection with film as reflective, with the screen serving as a mirror for the culture that created it.
Although it is not a particularly difficult concept
it is important to keep in mind that mirrors are not particularly discriminating. Therefore, if we are to think about how film portrays a crisis (a logical response given that we are now experiencing one), perhaps it is also worthwhile to think about how film portrays stability.
How do you create narrative conflict in a society of stagnation? More importantly, how do you take into account the fact that nothing is ever truly stable for everyone?
The video essay that follows argues
that the 1990s in Hollywood were a time of stability and singles out 1999 as a banner year for movies that examine the benefits and drawbacks of repetition.
The video examines how movies like Fight Club and Office Space reflect the discontent at the core of corporate stuckness, how times of seeming calm allow for forward-looking reflection, and how “the cubicle movie” became a rallying cry for people caught in a safe rut.
Who created it?
Thanks to Now You See It, a YouTube site devoted to cinema analysis that looks for significance in unexpected places, we have this video essay on the fertile monotony of the late ’90s. You may view Now You See It’s discography here and subscribe to them on YouTube.
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How movies from the 1990s, especially in 1999, depicted a period of and how they coped with the routine and dissatisfaction of corporate stagnation
The Now You See It video essay examines how movies like Fight Club and Office Space explored the advantages and disadvantages of repetition. In a culture that is experiencing stagnation, the essay poses the topic of how film portrays stability and generates narrative tension.
It also points out that since mirrors do not discriminate, it is important to think about how movies show stability as well as how they reflect disasters.
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