Executives in Hollywood and film distributors love stories based on true events. The popularity of films made during World War 2 and films made about the era are still quite popular around the world. World War 2 movies carry an impact that is still being felt today. As those who fought during the war are well into their 90s, the relevance of that time maintains its presence in today’s world.
The movies did record business during the war, selling tens of millions of tickets every week which far outshines today’s movie audiences. The movies that were made during that time both provided a respite from the war and offered more relatable stories that reflected the changing times in which they were living.
With most of the men off to war, women made up the majority of movie audiences. Today, the audience has changed considerably in terms of gender, racial and cultural diversity, and in expectations. With modern films made about events during World War 2, such as “Dunkirk” for example, the expectation is to provide a visceral experience of what it was like during the battle.
The World War 2 movies made at the time differed considerably, providing more of a social and cultural impact that is being felt even today. “Casablanca”, one of the greatest movies ever made is rooted in the culture of World War 2, yet the romance, emotions, and obligations still ring true today. Those who watch “Casablanca” can relate to what is happening even if they were born decades after the movie came out.
There is also the thrill, emotion, and visceral experience of war movies themselves. The combination of action, romance, patriotism, and humor still come through strongly. As entertainment, World War 2 movies offer the kind of hope, tragedy, elation, and many other emotions that are relatable. So many films of the era offer the entertainment that so many films of today simply lack.
Another factor is the impact that World War 2 had on the country and the world at large is still being felt. It is history that is still living, which is why the lessons learned from the heroes of that time still resonate strongly with audiences now. Providing hope in a time when it seems lost. Offering enlightenment when so many modern films come across as vapid or lacking in depth. The movies of the time work so well today because for the most part they were catered to entertain audiences in a deeper way.
World War 2 movies offer a source of motivation, of hope, of great challenges, and remarkable victories both on the front and at home. From the films made as the war was beginning, such as “Casablanca”, to those made after its end, such as “The Best Years of Our Lives”, the impact and change that World War 2 brought offers audiences of today an indelible meaning. With so much being at stake, the lessons imparted by the films of this era contain the truths that all of us can still relate to right now.
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