Hollywood Babylon Short Essay - Answer Key

Kenneth Anger
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1. What was the purpose of Griffith's elephants?

Griffith's elephants served to tower over the movie set. Griffith was intentionally extravagant, using the elephants to show how far he was willing to go.

2. How did Griffith's "Babylon" break Hollywood standards?

Griffith's "Babylon" broke standards by being extravagant. Griffith hired 4,000 extras and paid each two dollars a day, which was considered a very high salary. Griffith also purchased extravagant props to prove that he was superior to other filmmakers.

3. Describe the film industry during Griffith's time.

When Griffith was in the film industry, it was about 1915. At this time, actors and actresses were becoming stars and not just hired help. Drugs became a large part of the film industry's dark side.

4. What type of movie style did drug use influence? What movie made this style famous?

Drug use influenced a manic style of filmmaking. It was a style made famous by the Keystone Cops.

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