Author Archives: Juan Monroy

The Lousy Archive that is YouTube

I was a late adopter to YouTube. I never liked that it used only Flash to display its videos in its early days, making my over-clocked PowerBook get hot from watching a video. I also disliked the low default resolution of its videos. For years, the typical YouTube video had 360 lines of horizontal resolution, […] Continue reading

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Go to a Drive-In, in Queens, without a Car

Is seeing a silent film, with live organist accompaniment, in a restored movie palace from the 1920s not enough to satisfy your thirst for recreating a forgotten form of watching movies? Starting this Friday, October 4, you can see films … Continue reading

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Mary Pickford Film at a Movie Palace

The Loew’s Jersey, built in 1929, is a landmark movie palace that has been restored over the last few years to resemble its original state. Most movie palaces have been divided into multiplexes or were altered beyond recognition. Most end … Continue reading

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More on How the “Trust” Went Bust

A few updates. Since we didn’t get to watch The Cheat in class, I recommend that everyone watch the Cecil B. DeMille film. It is widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1910s, and inspired many filmmakers … Continue reading

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American Film Industry, Fall 2013, Syllabus

Here’s yet another syllabus. This one is for American Film Industry at Queens College. From the course description: This course examines the economic history of the American film industry since 1912. We will also focus on the technological and cultural changes of the industry, and pay special attention to how film has responded to successes […] Continue reading

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Class 14: Hollywood’s Second Century

In today’s class, we surveyed some of the ways that Hollywood produces, markets, and exhibits films at the beginning of the 21st century. The methods include heavy focus on research, packaging of stars, heavy marketing, and innovations in exhibition. We … Continue reading

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Class 13: Independent Hollywood

In today’s class, we covered some of the changes to exhibition that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly those which disrupted the old models of theatrical exhibition and even television distribution. Those changes made possible for certain filmmakers to work … Continue reading

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Class 12: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the New Media Conglomerate

In today’s class, we surveyed some of the contributions Lew Wasserman made between the 1940s and 1980s to the Hollywood system. With the fall of the studio system, the role of the movie mogul had become all but irrelevant. Wasserman as … Continue reading

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Jaws and the New Hollywood Industry

While scholars debate when the auteurist New Hollywood movement ended—it was either Apocalypse Now or Heaven’s Gate—Hollywood began to abandon the auteur centered film for the big blockbuster in the mid 1970s. No film represents that shift more than Jaws. The film’s theatrical trailer sets the tone using the conventions of the horror film. The […] Continue reading

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Final Exam Date and Time Announced

As we all know, Queens College has been notoriously slow at releasing the final exam schedule. At long last, we have been assigned a date and time for our final exam. It will be on Monday, December 19, at 1:45 … Continue reading

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