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 studio did William Fox and Carl Laemmle eventually form?

2. What were the only restrictions placed on directors in the 1920s?

3. Which director became renowned for his use of long takes to evoke a darker mood?

4. During World War II, which director became known for his films that examined sex, greed, and the inherent sadism of humans?

5. Why did the War Department in America ban some of the political movies made during World War II?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were popular themes in early German films?

2. How did the "New Model" come to be formed in 1985?

3. Discuss the financial status of American films and how this led to the rise of the studios during the early years of Hollywood's Golden Age of the Studio.

4. How did the improved economy in Latin America affect their film industry?

5. Who were some of the top independent filmmakers of the 1990s and what were some of their works?

6. As the studios declined with the invention of the television, how did Americans' tastes in film subject begin to change?

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

8. What led to the mass migration of film production from New York and New Jersey to California?

9. What was the New Wave movement in France?

10. Describe Islamic cinema in the 2000s.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did the blockbuster change the film industry forever in 1975? In what ways did the early blockbusters differ from the later ones? How did these tie into the film industry's need to pair up with commercial conglomerates for financial and marketing purposes?

Essay Topic 2

What were David Wark Griffith's main contributions to the early cinema? In what ways are his contributions overshadowed by the content of his films? Should these be factors in considering the achievements wrought by his work?

Essay Topic 3

How did films meld both science and creativity together? In what ways was this the overall goal of the Film D'Art? What does this suggest about the technological advances in Hollywood throughout film's history?

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