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