american cinema final true or false Flashcards

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a "classical realist narration" contains no unrealistic elements
true
The Jazz Singer was the first movie musical
false-should be operetta
Walt Disney's Snow Whit is developed in the backstage musical style
false-they were instant successes
Musicals of the 60s such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were box-office failures when they were released; audiences had grown tired of musicals
false
Movie musicals are judged by the degree to which they are realistic; a musical that seems phony has failed in its goal
false
Moulin Rouge was filmed entirely on location
false-it dispels it
Musical numbers tend to emphasize the negative aspects of life and focus on problem and conflicts
true
Harold Lloyd's screen persona reflected the middle-class values of his era: status, optimism and "making it" in the business world
false-it was an instant success
Although it is now considered a classical screwball comedy, It happened one night was a box office bomb that was applauded by only a handful of film crititcs
true
Unlike tragedy, comedy tends to celebrate the idea of social change
false
Ethnic and racial humor was never common in Hollywood films until the Civil Rights movement paved the way for treating the issues openly
true
the Marx Bros placed no limits on their comedy
true
although comedy finds fault within society, it attempts to resolve the problems it presents
true
thesis comedies of the 30s targeted politics and government
false-should be the great depression
Andrew Bergman argues that the screwball comedy bridges political differences generated in america following world war 1
true
war comedies existed to boost morale and reinstate traditional values
true
spoofs of mass-produced products and movies led to parodies
false-they were not fully integrated and they had African-American actors
although the armed forces were fully integrated during world war 2, hollywood's racism prevented African-Americans from participating onscreen
false
because women do not generally appear in the combat film, the genre is not concerned with sexuality
true
an underlying logic of the World War 2 combat films is that of the reluctant warrior who hates war bu learns to fight
false-a pacifist turns into a war hero
Sergeant York was an influential film because it showed the transformation of a war hero into a pacifist
true
the rules of war differ from civil law because the ends justify the means.
true
traditional war films have clearly defined "we" and "them" or "good guys" and "bad guys"
true
in vietnam war films, the "we" becomes the enemy as a metaphor for self destructive conflict
false
The Thin Red Line is told in a clear, straightforward narrative structure
false-the american
the term film noir originally refered to the French films made after World War 2
false-very murky
critics clearly agree on an exact definition for film noir
false-fractured structure
Citizen Kane's linear narrative structure was a profound influence on film noir
true
the spirit of film noir can trace its origins to the Great Depression
false-during
the directors edgar ulmer, billy wilder, and fritz lang began their careers in germany and moved to hollywood after world war 2
true
film noir is partially influenced by the societal shift of women away from the home and into the workforce
true
german expressionism seeks to express internal psychological states in an external way, through set design, lighting, and camera angle
false-negative
in film noir, the family is the main focus or at least associated with deeply positive attributes
false
roger corman produced and directed films from an exploitative tradition(horror, gangster, motorcycle, monster). this tradition never became part of the main stream viewing culture
true
postmodern filmmakers rely on pastiche as a way to comment on and pay homage to previous films
true
modern films set in the 1950s and 1960s tend to be projections of contemporary nostalgia for these decades rather than actual reflections of these decades
true
in the 1980s, more Americans lived in the suburbs than in either the city or the country
true
1980s and 1990s saw movies set in suburban malls that purely celebrated the rampant consumerism of the era
false-works
in Regan-era films, "the system fails"
false
Top Gun has an anti-war message and was an embarrassment to the US Navy and the Air Force
false-celebrates
Trading Places, an Eddie Murphy comedy, condemns capitalism
false
Films of the 1980s often dealt with the family drama to suggest that nuclear families are undependable and frequently dysfunctional
false
Pulp Fiction, while critically acclaimed, was a financial disaster
false-nondurable should be intangable
the studio system drew upon the techniques of mass production despite the fact that their product was a "nondurable" good
true
Warner Bros. tended to market its films to an urban, working-class audience who favored gangster films and topical dramas seemingly ripped from newspaper headlines
true
originally, films were sold to exhibitors by the foot, like sausage
true
althought the "majors" owned only a small percentage of the nation's movie theaters, the theaters they did own were so lucrative that they generated most of the nation's box-office receipts
false
20th Century-Fox tried to manufacture another Marilyn Monroe in the form of such actresses as Doris Day and Julie Andrews
true
20th Century-Fox tried to manufacture another Marilyn Monroe in the form of such actresses as Sheree North and Mamie Van Doren
false
The term "blaxploitation" refers to Hollywood's tendency to pay African-American stars less than they pay white stars
true
Today, a top star such as Jack Nicholson plays an important economic role in the film industry because his presence virtually guarantees that foreign exhibition deals will be made even before the film goes into production
true
in classical hollywood cinema, narrative organization is centered around the main character
true
the orderly narrative patterns of classical hollywood cinema are always circular
true
modernists films tend to focus on the process of narrative formation, not the illusion of reality present in classical hollywood cinema
false-it is very fragmented
Citizen Kane's narrative structure follows the classical order
true
Memento's scenes go backwards because of the protagonist's short-term memory loss
true
In the introductory scene of Shadow of a Doubt, every prop has a purpose
false
the majority of hollywood films set a standard for opulence and ornamental detail
true
lighting becomes an extension of a character's psychological composition
false
camera angles have set meanings, so context is immaterial
false-should be camera movement
types of camera position are pans, tracks, zooms, and cominations of all three
false-should be extreme
medium close-ups are a portion of the face
true
the lighting setup begins with what is called general set lighting in classical hollywood cinema
false-should be crane shot
in tracking shots, the camera not only moves forward, backward, up and down, but also to the left and right
true
the purpose of editing is to organize a film into a seamless flow of images
false-should be subjective
point of view editing is purely objective
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