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This paper analyzes the 2001 film "Zoolander" in which director Ben Stiller suggests that the fashion industry and those Hollywood elites who benefit from it and who indulge its excesses, are committing an international atrocity by exploiting third world indigence through child labor abuses. The paper highlights how Stiller explores the shallowness of our fashion culture by depicting the fashion industry male model as not just lacking conscience, but as being too feeble-minded to even have a conscience. This paper asserts that Stiller deserves five stars for the effort in bringing this message to the public conscience and creating a new kind of comedy film, but only a half a star for entertainment value.
From the Paper:"Stiller's film, his visual depictions, are by nature specific and visual, yet his general statement is clear and concise: American industry, and specifically the fashion retail industry, is exploiting the needy in order to satisfy profit lines and in order that the elite might continue to create in the minds of the average a desire to resemble them, to dress like them, to project the sense that they move within that elitist world, when really they do not, nor would they probably be welcomed to that world without the tangential qualifications of artistic skill and expression, an ability to maintain youth by any means possible, including altering their natural physiology to maintain the illusion of eternal youth and beauty.
"Stiller explores the shallowness of our fashion cultural by depicting the fashion industry male model as not just lacking conscience, but as being too feeble-minded to even have a conscience. Stiller no doubt wanted the audiences of this film to ask questions, and even perhaps the industry itself to answer the questions that the film gives rise to."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Heider, Karl G. (2006). Ethnographic Film. Austin, TX, University of Texas. Book.
- Lehman, Peter and Lurh, William (2003). Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Book.
Cite this Film Review:
Hollywood, the Fashion Industry and Child Labor (2013, January 15) Retrieved January 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/hollywood-the-fashion-industry-and-child-labor-152221/
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