The End of the Hollywood Icons

With the death of the legendary Tony Curtis in September, 2010 many may start thinking that all the Hollywood icons of the 50s and 60s are gone. In a way, it’s true.

If you think back to the legends of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis, they set a trail of femininity and confidence that still remains fresh in the minds of Hollywood today. They were pioneers in setting a standard of acting and image that many of today’s celebrities find it hard to live up to. You think back to the Hollywood era and you think of shining lights and possibilities for unknowns but now it is getting difficult to deal with the blinding lights and a whole celebrity cast of unknowns. Many of the films today are critiqued for following a format of story lines and being too formulaic so you have to think back to when the films were unique and fresh, demonstrated by James Dean in ‘Rebel Without A Cause

Classics such as ‘Some Like it Hot‘ in 1959 and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961) brought superb acting and unique storylines to the screen without resorting to special effects and mindless language. They simply portrayed characters in a golden era, struggling to hide hurt, secrets and love. ‘Some Like it Hot’ is still one of the most classic comedies of today as it had timeless jokes and beautiful script-writing. I fear that if it had been released at this time, it would not have been appreciated.

With the departure of yet another Hollywood legend, it just seems as if our links to the prosperity days are drifting further and further away. It is difficult to comprehend if this means that the Hollywood film factory days are drifting away with them but its deserves a thought. In the era of fast films, fast scripts and fast (and often forgettable) actors, is it possible that we’ve simply become pushed along in our timeline? Genres have changed. There used to be family friendly films for parents and kids to enjoy, with memorable actors but now you either have 12A rated romantic comedies or dramas and Pixar/Disney children suited films. I used to love watching ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ with my Grandma but I can’t even show her 5 minutes of ‘Finding Nemo‘ without her walking away because the technology and special effects confuse her.

I guess what we miss most about the Hollywood era is it’s abilities to bring an audience together. With the legends who have left this world, we have the memories of their work and the times we had enjoying them but it’s difficult to say if we can get that unity back. There is no replacing what Hollywood has lost but thanks to the films they made, they can live on.

One Comment to “The End of the Hollywood Icons”

  1. Very interesting blog entry… makes me want to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Rebecca

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