Category Archives: Film Industry

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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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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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 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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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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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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