movies after WWII
attendance slumped. tv not to blame. killer b's: babies, baseball, and bowling. 24 hr film showings
the studio era
30s-70s. rise of major studios which still remain dominant today. each studio had a particular strength/personality which movies reflected. operated like movie factories. some of greatest films ever made.
current 7 major studios
paramount, 20th century fox, sony, universal, wb (warner brothers), disney, dreamworks. 90% of all film revenue today. Distribution > production
provide a manageable way to look at films' impact on society. EX: comedy, drama, musicals, action, horror, sci-fi, mystery.
romantic comedy, teen comedy, slapstick
a "john wayne" movie
a "hitchcock" thriller (done in hitchcock style)
general rules of genre
set of rules about story telling, stylistic similarities, a value system
theme: taming the wild west/america. bringing order to chaos (stemmed from WW victories) eventually went away because we no longer embrace value system
icon. rugged individual, courageous seeker of justice, masculine, white supremacy
evolution of film genres
plot elements, rules developed, agenda set (great train robbery)
established rules, people agree, greatest popularity (stagecoach 1938)
fundamental rules twisted/reworked (high noon 1951)
we know the rules and we poke fun at them (blazing saddles 1974)
gritty urban setting, a man alone (male centric), detective, ambiguous value system, woman dont tell truth, good does not always triumph over evil, very complicated plots, dark film (low lights), influenced by german expressionists
1941. directed by john huston. based on novel by dashiell hammett. "b" movie (based on budget) #31 on AFI list. Humphery Bogart (detective), Mary Astor (lead woman), Peter Lorre
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