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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.

sub genres

romantic comedy, teen comedy, slapstick

actor genre

a "john wayne" movie

director genre

a "hitchcock" thriller (done in hitchcock style)

general rules of genre

set of rules about story telling, stylistic similarities, a value system

the western

theme: taming the wild west/america. bringing order to chaos (stemmed from WW victories) eventually went away because we no longer embrace value system

american cowboy

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)

film noir

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

maltese falcon

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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