Author Archives: Juan Monroy

Hollywood vs. Television in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”

One of the reasons I like the film Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is the self-referential nature of the film. Here, the film literally stops the story and breaks into a “commercial break” so that the television viewers won’t be too alienated. Clearly, this was added to the film version that was not in the […] Continue reading

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Hollywood vs. Television in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”

One of the reasons I like the film Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is the self-referential nature of the film. Here, the film literally stops the story and breaks into a “commercial break” so that the television viewers won’t be … Continue reading Continue reading

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Air Talk Surveys the Economics of the Film Industry

As I drove on my recent trip to LA, I heard a segment on the uncertain financial future of the film industry, on KPCC‘s Air Talk. The segment was a very timely assessment of how the Internet and the changing tastes of moviegoers have put film industry in a bit of a crisis mode. For […] Continue reading

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Class 9: Hollywood and Television

In today’s class, we examined some of the ways that Hollywood tried to recuperate the audience it lost throughout the 1950s due to declining attendance and the rise of television. As we will see, some of these gimmicks were short-lived … Continue reading

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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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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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