TOEFL Essay Topic 183 - Films can tell us a lot about the country where they were made. What have you learned about a country from watching its movies? Use specific examples and details to support your response.
Although films are mainly the directors personal products and describe various terms of life, they also lead the audience to
Although films are mainly the directors personal products and describe various terms of life, they also lead the audience to the values of the directors country and show the character of people living there. I have watched a lot of American movies, and they made me realize about the life in America.
First, the values impressed me a lot. Many American movies express that America is built on equality and freedom. When I got these messages from the movies, I can feel that in the depth of my heart there is a voice saying, I agree with the faith! They also describe how a democratic government works. This gave me a chance to think about what a real democracy is. Sometimes these films also reveal the dark side of the American society, such as the race problems. However, because of their reality, I could understand how the virtue formed in United States of America.
Second, peoples images in these movies are so vivid that some typical American characters can be seen, for example: the common characters of Americans are bravery, willing to take challenges, and active to others. I think people with these characters because most of them are Christian. This also can be found in films. A good American movie usually discusses about the virtues in different ways. And it also tries to make audience be influenced by the scenario of the movie.
Above all, I realized that the films are the reflection of the country where they are made. If we want to understand about another country, the best and fastest way is to watch their movies. The values, the characters of people, the customs are all shown in the stories prepared by directors. Therefore, though we couldnt visit all the countries in the world, we still could acquaint ourselves with them by film, and this action would really open our views to the world.
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