Hairspray

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Hairspray
ENG225: Introduction to Film
April 18, 2011

Hairspray I have chosen to go with a film that has always been on my favorite list, ever since I first saw the film as a kid I was intrigued by the use of vivid colors and great music; in the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. Ever since I was a child I have always had a love for the 1950's-60’s style, music and dance of that era. Hairspray is a look into the beginning of the 1960's, when segregation was on the verge of being intergraded. Blacks we're conversing with whites and becoming part of the everyday scene with the music industry; some of America’s best musicians come from black African Americans and has made music what it is today. This has created an impact on other people’s lives especially the adolescent teens.
This film is a beacon of how the intergrading process was such a harsh subject to swallow, throughout that time, and also how parents interfered with their lives trying to brain wash society that blacks were nothing more that pimps and criminals. If parents would just give their children the opportunity to be who they wanted, this world could be a much better-off place through the act of music and dance. “Light-hearted, humorous stories involving people in love with a twist of craziness in a screwball, teen gross-out comedy” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2010).
This film is based with “character Actors who specialize in playing a wide variety of characters, most often supporting or minor roles rather than their leading roles” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2010). The Hairspray’s cast of actors is a very diverse group of people, also varying in the category of wild-card acting. Actors that range from the mother of Tracy Turnblad and the Governor of Maryland in the film were played by a drag-queen (Divine). The parents of Amber Von Tussle played by (Sonny Bono) and (Debbie Harry), down to some of…...

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