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Movie-Made America

Quiz:  Chapts. 15, 16, 17

 

For one point each, briefly state three (3) of the main concepts, ideas, and/or arguments in each of Chapts. 15, 16, and 17.  You can consult your text and reading notes.  You have ten minutes.

 

Chapt. 15—“Hollywood at War”

1.     H’s service to the government during the war

a.    A strategy to fend off interference

b.   Zanuck’s role as liason (head of the Research Council)

 

 

 

2.  kinds of films made during the war?  Comedies?  Generally escapist

 

 

 

3.     HUAC—Hollywood vulnerability—influence as a medium medium and as an entertainment; film had no constitutional protection; housecleaning of undesirable elements; Hollywood 10; Committee for the First Amendment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapt. 16—“Disappearing Audience”

1.  why did the audience disappear?  More leisure time options (radio; TV; camping); population shifts—age; family status; where people lived; redefinition of “theater”

 

 

 

2.  Paramount decision—1954 consent decrees—major studios agreed to divest themselves of their theater holdings

 

 

 

3.  kinds of product made as a result?  Less, bigger, more expensive, highly dependent upon wide-screen and color processes—blockbusters the rule of the day

 

 

 

Chapt. 17—“Hollywood’s Collapse”

1.  agents; labor; banks

 

 

 

2.  changing role of the studio—become primarily distributors; more and more production done independently

 

 

 

3.  changes in film content?

 

 

Discussion:

1.  How does High Noon (1952) demonstrate the evolution of the genre from its classical roots in Stagecoach (1939)?

 

2.  What evidence is there in High Noon that the genre—and the industry itself--has aged?

 

3.  How is High Noon a parable of the time in which it was made?

 

4.  How has the view of a “democratic” society changed in High Noon?