Discussion:  Movie-Made America, Chapts. 1-9



1.  Why was film a timely medium?


2.  What fueled "nickel madness"?


3.  Why was Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company formed?  Why did it fail?  What does it indicate about the formation of future film businesses?


4.  What do the cases of Porter, and especially D.W. Griffith, tell us about what audiences value?


5.  Why are Hollywood images influential off-screen?


6.  What does Sklar mean by the subversive influence of film comedy?  Why were Chaplin and Keaton  timely/appealing film artists?


7.  What motivated efforts to control film content during the 1920s?  How did the film industry respond?


8.  From Sklar's discussion of Zukor's rise to influence, what emerges as the source or sources of power in the film industry?  Why was Zukor a survivor?  Why can Sklar say that "the studio system was the house that Adolph Zukor built?"  Why was Warner Bros. also a success story as the industry shifted into the 1930s?