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.
Most people like watching movies made from different countries, not only because they can know about these countries` history, what
Most people like watching movies made from different countries, not only because they can know about these countries` history, what is like in their daily life, but also their various attitude and ideas towards life.
Firstly, movies can reflect a contry`s history. Based on different historical backgrounds, movies can give us a lot of information about a country`s past. For those who have the background historical knowledge, they can have a better understanding about the movie; while for those who have little knowledge about the history can start to know it from the movie they are watching. For example, many historical movies focus on a certain period of the history. Obviously, each country has a totally different history. Thus, by wathching these movies, we will know more about other countries` history which will help us increase our knowledge and understanding about other countries.
Furthermore, movies can show different social and cultural enviroment and various customs, which attract many moviegoers. Although people have more and more chances to travel abroad to see the world, this is not always the case for everyone. Movies give us a convenient way to know more about the outside world. From movies, we get to know that “toast” cab mean different thing to different countries, such as “good luck” to Americans, “bad luck” to Hungarians. From movies, we get to know how Americans live and what food they eat, which bring us closer to the world even when we stay at home.
Finally, by wathching movies, we may know other people`s attitudes and ideas towards life. Sometimes we may feel depressed or frustrated just because of some small problems in our lives. We alway feel pessimistic toward life, but from movies, we know Americans are optimistic towards their lives even in bad situations. Their attitudes will definitely change our ideas and make us cherish the life. What`s more, we may know Americans like to take risks; while Frenches like a relaxed life and Italians like romance.
In short, movies are like encyclopedias which can give us much knowledge about other nations we may have no chances to go. Thus we should encourage people to watch more good movies to know the world better.