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Wednesday, April 26 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Camp Hollywood: An Obscure Genre's Lasting Impacts

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Camp Hollywood is a genre of films/style of filmmaking prominently used in the mid-20th Century. “Camp films” were known for their coding, their tendency to play on unnatural elements, their intentionally bad taste & ironic value through tones of failed seriousness. This presentation will delve into the genre of Camp films, highlighting their elements as well as their impacts on society and cinema. One camp film released in 1967 called Valley of the Dolls, used these elements to portray a depiction of drug addiction and alcoholism, namely in the show business industry. The film gave a rather light, almost glorifying feel to the idea of drug use/addiction through its use of color, music, images, and humor throughout the movie even though the characters’ lives are being jeopardized which becomes more apparent and likely as the story unfolds. A very comparable modern take on this concept can be seen in Showtime’s Original Series Nurse Jackie, where instead of a famous star in showbiz, Jackie Peyton is a prodigious ER Nurse, in a New York City hospital, whose secret drug addiction is not presented as serious at first; but then begins to take her life down some dark turns. Nurse Jackie is a prime example of how Camp elements and old portrayals of situations like drug addiction have not necessarily changed much in the last 50 years and how certain themes used in camp are still significant in the 21st Century.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:00pm - 2:20pm
221 Karpen Hall

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