Hollywood’s Beautiful Images Over the Years Prove Cinema’s Empathy Machine


This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School


Hollywood keeps changing, but the beauty remains the same.


Ever since the first moving picture of a train pulling into a station, Hollywood has been obsessed with movies. The beauty of the images that came out of classical Hollywood was astounding. Rich black and white captured on spinning film reels. As we’ve evolved to digital cinema, the mechanisms may have changed, but the determination to show audiences images that make them feel is still there today.



It’s easy to be cynical about Hollywood and its personalities and hierarchies, but at the heart of all this is the magic of movies.



Check out this video from All the Right Movies, and let’s talk after.





Cinema has been called “an empathy machine.” It’s our only art form that takes the moving image and sucks us into a story where we get to identify with characters we see on a journey. It has the power to introduce us to people unlike ourselves and give us a window into new worlds and even universal conflicts.



It was famed film critic Roger Ebert who said:

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