Midterm 2: Review
Midterm 2 will cover all material since the first midterm, including:
--readings (Sklar, Chapts. 10-14; Schatz, pp. 135-155 (WB) and 359-380 (MGM)
-- films, lecture and discussion on: 42d Street, Footlight Parade, Swingtime, Meet Me in St. Louis
Some of the topics, ideas, and issues this section of the course encompasses include:
--studio style--what defines it? is there a Hollywood (vs. German) expressionism?
--studio production units--how did the unit production system influence each of the musicals we've studied?
--studio genre system--how does it result in the commodification of style, performance and ideas?
--musical film style via Warner Bros., RKO and MGM
-- Zanuck; Thalberg; Selznick-- Similarities/differences in roles played; impact (if any) on the films they were responsible for?
--cultural representation (myths) in Disney, Capra, and the musical
--Hollywood as a cultural force; the culture of Hollywood
--National Recovery Act (NRA)
--Hollywood and the war effort