American Cinema Final Review
Review for the final of CTVR 3 American Cinema at Saddleback College.
Terms in this set (92)
Life as a House: Who plays George?
Life as a House: Who plays Robin?
Kristin Scott Thomas
Life as a House: Who plays Sam?
Life as a House: Who plays Alyssa?
Life as a House: Who plays Coleen?
Life as a House: Who directed?
Life as a House: Who was the writer?
What are the sub-genres of drama?
* Crime Films
What issues do we deal with in drama?
* Current issues
* Societal problems
* The Justice System
* Historical Storrytelling
* Societal Injustices
* Inner Conflict
* Familial Relationships
* Triumph and Overcoming Adversity
What drama won best director in 2010 and who directed it?
The Hurt Locker
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
What elements did we deal with in dramas during the 1940s?
Dramas in the 1940s focused on the war, and the effects of coming home from it.
What does the house represent in Life as a House?
The house represents strength and commitment.
A Bronx Tale: Who was the director?
Robert De Niro
A Bronx Tale: Who played Lorenzo?
Robert De Niro
A Bronx Tale: Who played Sonny?
A Bronx Tale: Who played Calogeno (age 9)?
A Bronx Tale: Who played Calogeno (age 17)?
A Bronx Tale: Who played Jane?
Gangster Films and Sound
The gangster film was born in the silent era but came into its own with sound, highlighting squealing tires, sirens, and gunfire.
Gangster Films and Newspaper Headlines
Early gangster films were often about the history of crime in the US. They were frequently biographical, and portrayed gangsters taken from newspaper headlines such as Al Capone and Baby Faced Nelson.
What was the first movie to delve into why gangsters commit crimes?
Public Enemy (1931) - It showed kids who grew up around gangsters and never really have other opportunities.
What decade introduced the psychopathic killer?
Which movie ended with a Hiroshima-like explosion?
White Heat (1949) staring James Cagney as a psychopathic, mother-fixated killer.
Which studio was known for gangster films?
Who were the top actors in the gangster genre, and who were they signed to?
1) Edward G. Robinson
2) James Cagney
3) Humphre Bogart
What about A Bronx Tale's audio is noteworthy?
The musical transitions are well done. They take us from heavy to lighter moments, assist in telling the story, and give us a feeling for the time.
Rear Window: Who was the director?
Rear Window: Who played L.B. Jeffries?
Rear Window: Who played Lisa Carol Freemont
Rear Window: Who played Stella?
Rear Window: Who played Detective Doyle?
Rear Window: Who played Lars Thorwald?
Rear Window: Who were the neighbors?
Miss Torso (the dancer), and Miss Lonelyhearts
Did Hitchcock ever win Best Director?
No, but they did give him an award for his body of work.
What did Hitchcock do in the industry before he directed?
He designed silent film title cards.
What is auditory conflict?
Auditory conflict is when when the mood of the audio does not match the mood of what is being displayed on screen.
What is the MacGuffin?
The MacGuffin is a plot device which the audience does not care about and which is often not revisited, but which catalyzes the characters towards the main plot.
Elements of Hitchcock
* An innocent man accused of a crime.
* Nowhere to run.
* Horror resides in everyday life.
* Murder can happen in happy places.
* The unexpected can happen at any time.
Who commissioned the largest set ever constructed on the Paramount lot, and what movie was it for?
Alfred Hitchcock, for Rear Window
What was special about Hitchcock's directing and his storyboards?
After he storyboarded a film he would never look through the lens.
Who edited many of Hitchcock's films?
His wife Alma.
Poltergeist: Who directed?
Poltergeist: Who produced?
Poltergeist: Who played Steve Freeling?
Craig T. Nelson
Poltergeist: Who played Diane Freeling?
Jo Beth Williams
Poltergeist: Who played Dr. Lesh?
Poltergeist: Who played Dana Freeling?
Poltergeist: Who played Carol Anne Freeling?
Who directed Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?
J. Searle Dawley
What film started the horror genre, and who was it directed by?
The House of the Devil directed by George Melies
Whose novel series was Hounds of the Baskervilles based on?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What are the themes of horror?
Horror collectively expresses our fears and anxieties.
Slice and Dice (Splatter)
Horror movies which rely on gore and violence for scares.
Which studio became known for horror films?
Which movie did John Carpenter direct and what did it prove about the horror genre?
Halloween; it proved that low budget horror films can make money and sequel many times over.
James Whale directed which landmark film?
Which role was Bela Lugosi famous for?
Which role was Boris Karloff famous for?
Which role was Lon Chaney going to play before he died?
What was Lon Chaney's nickname?
The Man of a Thousand Faces
Who did make up for Frankenstein?
Big Fish: Who directed?
Big Fish: Who played Ed Bloom (young)?
Big Fish: Who played Ed Bloom (sr.)?
Big Fish: Who played Will Bloom?
Big Fish: Who played the Witch?
Helena Bonham Carter
Big Fish: Who played the giant?
Big Fish: Who played Amos Callaway?
Big Fish: Who produced?
Big Fish: Who composed the score?
Big Fish: Who designed the costumes?
What are the big 6 studios?
1) Warner Brothers
5) 20th Century Fox
What allowed for indies to come about?
A 1940s Supreme Court decision forced Hollywood studios to break up their monopolies and sell off their theatres.
Which film redefined independents and who directed it?
Oliver Stone's movie Platoon gave the director complete creative control but had some studio backing.
Who started the Sundance Film Festival?
What effect did the Sundance Film Festival have on the studio system?
It prompted the major studios to develop indie branches.
What is the IFP?
The Independent Film Project helps with supporting low budget filmmakers .
Who is Roger Corman?
He is a low-budget director known for giving people their start.
What movie did Roger Corman direct?
Night of the Living Dead
Who are the Weinstein Brothers?
They founded Miramax and our known for helping indie and contreversial films be developed.
Buck: Who directed?
Buck: Who was the executive producer?
Buck: Who was the field producer?
Buck: Who was the star?
Cindy Meehl has a background in what?
Fashion and Art
What award did Buck receive?
Sundance Audience Award
What is the relative size of a documentary crew?
The genre has small crew sizes so that it is not invasive.
What is a docudrama?
A movie based on historical events but with some creative license taken by the director.
What is a mockumentory?
A film presented in documentary format but dealing with fictitious events.
What does narrative mean?
What is the goal of different documentaries?
Some seek to entertain, some to educate, and some to do both.
Which film broke the hollywood blacklist? Who produced it? Who directed it? Who wrote it?
Spartacus produced by Kirk Douglas, directed by Stanley Kubrick, and written by Dalton Trumbo.