Monthly Archives: September 2011

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Scandal Changes the Film Industry

Lindsay Lohan due in court for robbery charges brought against her. Brad Pitt divorces Jennifer Aniston and is seen with Angelina Jolie. Although some headlines surrounding celebrities are more shocking than others, it is still not a surprise to see … Continue reading

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Halloween Movies at Loew’s Jersey

The House on Haunted Hill Starring Vincent Price. Directed by William Castle. 1958 75mins. B&W. Friday, October 28 8PM There can be a very fine line between horror and camp in the movies, and too often it is crossed from … Continue reading

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Class 4: The Coming of Sound

In today’s class, we surveyed the challenges faced by early film pioneers in making true sound motion pictures, namely synchronization and amplification. We covered the solutions proposed by two inventors, Case and DeForest, and by two companies, namely Western Electric … Continue reading

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Class 4: Phonofilm Films

As we will discuss in class on Monday, one of the early film technologies in the United States was a process called Phonofilm. Below are early examples as the technology is demonstrated with some famous personalities of the day. President … Continue reading Continue reading

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Class 3: The Independents

In today’s class, we covered the fall of the Trust due to the court ruling that led the MPPC to lose the Latham Loop patent and another ruling that dissolved the cartel on grounds of antitrust. But more devastating was … Continue reading

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Assignment 2: Historical Event Summary

Select one of the events from the Timeline of Historical Events assignment, listed on the website, and write a four-hundred word summary of that event and its relevance for the US film industry. We will work on writing a thesis … Continue reading

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Assignment 1: Timeline of Historical Events

Give the four-digit, numerical year in which each of the twenty-five (25) events relevant to the history of American film and culture occurred. You are welcome to use to any sources to complete this assignment, including standalone Internet sources. The assignment will … Continue reading

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Class 2, Continued: More to Do Before Class 3

There are a few action items that you should do before our next meeting, preferably as soon as possible. Join the course website, by… Signing up for a QWriting.org account, if you don’t already have one. Logging in to your … Continue reading

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Class 2: Edison, Nickelodeons, and the Trust

In today’s class, we surveyed the early inventions by Thomas Edison to make moving pictures possible, including the kinetograph, kinetoscope, and the vitascope. He had some help from the French Lumiere brothers who developed the cinematographe and the Latham Brothers … Continue reading

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Kinetoscope and Vitagraph Films from Edison

Here are some early examples of films produced by Thomas Edison and his associates. They range from the very experimental, making sure that the kinetograph can record life, to some more involved works and early forms of narrative. If these … Continue reading Continue reading

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