Flashback: A Brief History of Film Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was created in order to satisfy the demands of the Catholic Church (among others) in the 1930s?

2. Upon whose model of mass production did the Hollywood studio system manufacture films in the Golden Age?

3. From what year was a diary entry discovered as having discussed the beginnings of projections?

4. With what film technique did European filmmakers begin experimenting?

5. In what style did the French produce their films?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the position of film producer become part of the filmmaking process?

2. How did the Production Code come into existence and what were some of the effects it had on films?

3. What were the differences between early films from the United States and Europe?

4. Who were some of the great directors and their innovative storytelling techniques from Hollywood in the 1940s?

5. How did the governor of California's commission for horse photography develop into Meissonier's project in creating the illusion of moving pictures?

6. How did the House of Un-American Activities Committee bring Hollywood's booming economy and artistic success to a screeching halt in the late forties?

7. How did Hollywood join the war effort in the forties?

8. What were popular themes in early German films?

9. Discuss the innovative techniques developed by Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Cocteau, and Jean Renoir.

10. What were some of the themes explored in both French and Spanish films?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution of acting, from the silent film star to the Method actor and even to the modern megastar.

Essay Topic 2

How did greed help shape Hollywood? In what ways did Eli Whitney and the Patent Company set the standard business model in Hollywood with the strict purpose of making more money?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the detrimental effects of the studio system on the creative process.

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