Monthly Archives: October 2011

Class 7: The Fall of the Studio System

In today’s class, we covered the factors behind the fall of the American studio system. The chief reasons were the HUAC investigations and its concentration on Hollywood, the anti-trust actions against the Big Five Hollywood Studios, and the changes in … Continue reading

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Assignment 3: Legacy of an American Film

Please note that this assignment is different from the one listed on the syllabus, although it will be due in class on November 28. Research Using the film you selected in class on Monday, or were assigned if you were … Continue reading

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Class 6: Wartime Hollywood

Before today’s class, please be sure to screen the film, “Prelude to War,” the first film of the series Why We Fight, directed by Frank Capra. You can screen the film at the Internet Archive.

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EVENT: The Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: One Day Degree in Cable

The Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: One Day Degree in Cable will be held on Friday, October 28, 2011, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.at the Paley Center for Media New York. All currently enrolled college undergrad and graduate students – don’t miss … Continue reading

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Class 5: The Power of the Studio System

In today’s class, we surveyed some of the ways in which the Hollywood Studio System operated as an oligopoly. Some of the ways in which these eight studios held tight control over the American Film Industry was through vertical integration, … Continue reading

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

The first ever Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ceremony was held on May 16, 1929. Today, it is commonly referred to as the Oscars. An Oscar is an award given to the best nominee in regards to all … Continue reading

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Carl Laemmle Big Move to Hollywood Success

Carl Laemmle is the name that should be known for the rise of the Hollywood era. Uncle Carl his nickname used in the film business, his innovated efforts to rebel against big companies at that time. He started his independent … Continue reading

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Hollywood Ten

Robert Lana The Hollywood Ten On a large scale involving many Americans there was a political scare mostly known as “McCarthyism” in the 1940’s to the 1950’s. This movement was influenced by Communism’s emergence as a recognized political force, originating … Continue reading

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World War II, the US, and Classical Hollywood

Wartime U.S.A. 1941-1945; the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor, Uncle Sam recruits his troops, and nonetheless, Hollywood manages to sustain its dominant prowess. Certainly Hollywood experiences its much anticipated, yet seemingly nominal setbacks at the box office (following the U.S.’s … Continue reading

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The NY World’s Fair Intro of T.V-The Start of a New Beginning

Between 1939 and 1940, The New York World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park. In the mist of the Great Depression, the widespread economic decline, and unemployment increase caused the nation to be concerned and devastated. The NY … Continue reading

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