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. Which artist pushed the boundaries on sex and violence on film?

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

3. What event in America caused studios to realize that the movie-going public needed entertainment over grim realism?

4. What sort of performers were ideal candidates for comedy shorts in the 1920s?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did so many artists leave Europe in the thirties and how did this effect the film industry?

2. How did the Film D'Art come to be?

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

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

5. 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.

6. How did the advent of "talkies" change both technical and acting aspects of film?

7. In the early days of the film industry, how did Griffith and others begin making their films more appealing to widespread audiences?

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

9. Who were some of the popular stars from the 1920s and of what did their acts consist?

10. How did the film industry begin to suffer after the advent of talkies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the first several decades of film took place in the midst of several wars, what responsibility did the filmmakers have to their audiences? How did the roles of these directors change from the United States to Europe? How did filmmakers handle the world wars when faced with Nazi persecution?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of censorship in the film industry.

Essay Topic 3

How did cinema both aid and depict the struggles for equal rights in America?

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