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TEST CHAPTER 1 BEGINNINGS
Multiple Choice

1. Who wrote an entry in his/ her 1666 diary concerning a lantern with pictures in glass to make strange things to appear on a wall?
a. Samuel Johnson
b. Queen Elizabeth
c. Walter Raleigh
d. Samuel Pepys

2. Who set about converting the Muybridge sequence of photographs into a series of
silhouettes for a projecting Zoetrope?
a. Thomas Edison
b. Alfred Lord Tennyson
c. Jean Louis Mesissonier
d. Edwin Porter

3. Edison decided to make a projection machine called a kinetoscope which
a. allowed only one person at a time to watch a brief loop of film.
b. he copyrighted for an additional $15.
c. William Dickson actually invented.
d. became his primary engineering focus over such things as the electric storage
battery and talking doll.

4. The great realization of Norman Raff was that
a. Edison was shortsighted.
b. a machine that threw pictures on a wall was a logical step.
c. California would be the land of movie.
d. he should charge at least 50 cents to patrons who wanted to enter his
Kinetoscope parlor.
5. Thomas Armat realized that
a. color was the key to successful movies.
b. music needed to be added to movies.
c. what the camera did to hold the film stationary while shooting images could
be repeated when projecting the images.
d. cardboard could be used to record images instead of film.
6. Which of the following early machines is basically the prototype of modern theatre
projectors?
a. the Vitascope
b. the Mutoscopethe
c. Kinetoscope
d. none of the above

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7. Which of the following is true about the Lumire brothers?
a. They made brief movies of realistic events like three old men playing cards
b. They used light, hand-cranked projectors
c. They made the best equipment of the day
d. all of the above
8. What startled viewers of the early film The Arrival of a Train was
a. the size of the train.
b. the train appeared to be coming right at them.
c. the single-take action of the train arriving.
d. the use of color in the film.

9. In The Kiss (1896), what two things startled audiences?
a. The closeness of the subjects and the lasciviousness of the kiss
b. The film technique and the beauty of the subjects
c. The fact that the womans eyes are open, and she appears to be talking
d. none of the above
10. Identify the melodramatic movie that used wooden planks as sight lines to keep actors in
frame.
a. Max Takes Quinine
b. The Count of Monte Cristo
c. The Great Train Robbery
d. Queen Elizabeth
11. What did films need in addition to white magic?
a. More money
b. Better casts
c. Storytelling
d. Bigger audiences

12. George Mlis, who understudied Robert Houdini, made movies which he
a. Wrote
b. Directed
c. Designed scenery
d. All of the above

13. All of the following is true Edwin Porters The Great Train Robbery except
a. it uses pans.
b. it has hand tinted color.
c. it uses a matte shot.
d. none of the above.

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14. Movies like Pipe Dreams and The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend
a. show the power of realism in movies.
b. introduce surrealism into movies as early as 1903.
c. were written by Thomas Edison.
d. made stars of the actors.
15. The primary strength of Edwin Porters The Great Train Robbery is that Porter
a. told the story visually.
b. told the story in 14 scenes.
c. used realist painted back drops.
d. mixed violence and romance.

16. The evidence is clear that movies were invented by
a. Thomas Edison.
b. Georges Mlis.
c. many people .
d. unknown.
e.
True/False
(Place a T or a F in the line following the sentence.)

1. Thomas Edisons favorite invention was the film projector and not the phonograph.
___
2. The Arrival of a Train from 1895 wowed views with its changing camera angles and multiple scenes. ___

3. The Kinetoscope was a simple and foolproof device which projected film on a crude,
prefocused glass on which the viewer observed and endless loop of moving images. ___

4. Initially, commercially available films only lasted about 30 seconds because the fierce jerking movement of the feed mechanism tended to break filmstrips when they were
more than fifty to one hundred feet. ___

5. Albert Smith argued persuasively that early movie spectators were intrigued principally by movie-making technology. ___

6. The Vitascope, in all essential respects, proved to be the prototype for the modern movie projector. ___

7. Many of George Mlis special effect techniques were the result of careful study and design, not fortunate accidents. ___

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8. Around 1910, films were becoming more dramatically complicated, and films like
Mlis fantasies seemed increasingly pass. ___

9. Edwin Porters The Great Train Robbery (1903) took more steps in the
developing grammar of film. ___
10. Nickelodeons failed to provide a good place for the classically democratic phenomenon that was (and still is) the movies. ___

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Matching

1. Da Vinci ___
2. William Dickson ___
3. Kinetoscope ___
4. The Lathams ___
5. Mutoscope ___
6. Vitascope ___
7. Vaudeville ___
8. George Mlis ___
9. Edwin S. Porter ___
10. The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend ___

a. a machine that passed a continuous loop of film of a series of rollers and in front of a prefocused lens

b. uses images on cardboard which are mounted consecutively on a wheel: a flip-card device

c. shot and edited him movies as he did
because it seemed the best way to tell a
story
d. kept movies alive and evolving, but enslaved and cheapened them: movies were then called chasers

e. developed a machine that worked
visually with Edisons phonograph

f. used fade outs, dissolves, double exposures, etc. in his tableaux
fantastiques
g. solved the problem of film breaking by leaving slack in the film at the top and bottom of the film gate
h. a surreal production from the Edison studio using hand-held shots and double exposures, etc.

i. Armats and Raffs prototype for the modern movie projector

j. desired a painting to be a living thing

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Short Answer
1. What is the definition of persistence of vision ?

2. What were the two problems Norman Raff and others had to solve to project films on a wall successfully?

3. Why is George Mlis considered the father of special effects?

4. What were some of the ways that Edwin Porter contributed to the development of film grammar ?

Essay Questions
1. In what ways did or did not the Lumire brothers of France create narratives in their 30-second movies?

2. In what ways did vaudeville/ music halls support the development of movies?
3. Why would George Mlis feel right at home today at Pixar, Disney, or Dreamworks?

4. What qualities do Charles Chaplins Little Tramp movies possess that make them successful as stories and films?

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TEST CHAPTER 2 GRIFFITH AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES: 1908-1920

Multiple Choice
1. Which of the following is not true about Nickelodeons?
a. They were air conditioned.
b. Their audiences came from the professional and upper classes.
c. They showed full length (over 90 minutes) movies.
d. None of the above
2. Which of the following companies was not a film leader in the Nickelodeon era?
a. United Artists
b. Biograph
c. Vitagraph
d. Kalem
3. Which of the following is true about Griffiths early camera work?
a. He filmed so that the projected image would move faster than normal.
b. He filmed human subjects up close to intensify emotion.
c. He shot in artificial lighting nearly exclusively.
d. He shot scenes in a completely spontaneous, unrehearsed manner.

4. Which of the following editing techniques did Griffith make use of?
a. parallel editing
b. cross cutting
c. both a and b
d. neither a nor b
5. Which form of movie proved a staple of studios for 40 years?
a. sequel
b. noir
c. serial
d. romance
6. What was one technique that Biograph, as part of the Patents Company group, used to
maintain rigid control of the early movie-making industry?
a. It kept the names of the actors in its films secret.
b. It limited the budgets of its directors.
c. It moved its operations to California.
d. None of the above

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7. One of the main detractions of The Birth of a Nation is
a. the realism of its battle scenes.
b. the clear racism demonstrated in the film.
c. melodrama of the ride-to-the rescue climax.
d. Billy Bitzers camera work/cinematography
8. In Intolerance, Griffith used which of the following:
a. near-subliminal, stream-of-consciousness flow.
b. cross cutting, including shots lasting 8 frames.
c. a sort of crane shot.
d. all of the above
9. Who, of the following, was Griffiths most expressive female actor?
a. Dorothy Gish
b. Pearl White
c. Lillian Gish
d. Fannie Ward
10. A director whom Griffith did not train was
a. Henry King
b. John Ford
c. Tod Browning
d. Raoul Walsh
11. Who was probably responsible, though uncredited, with creating the Hollywood
studio system?
a. William S. Hart
b. Max Sennett
c. Donald MacKenzie
d. Thomas Ince
12. Griffiths strengths included all of the following except
a. creating clinical documentation.
b. creating emotional reactions.
c. creating lost worlds.
d. creating poetry and drama.
13. Which Cecil B. De Mille movie was hailed by the French as a breakthrough in mise
en scene?
a. Dream Street
b. The Cheat
c. Tumbleweeds
d. none of the above

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14. Mack Sennetts comedy
a. worked off the odd idea that cops were funny.
b. often piled comic incidents to a rally.
c. were populated by character types like the Unfaithful Wife.
d. all of the above
15. The movies first important comedienne was
a. Marie Dressler.
b. Lucille Ball.
c. Mabel Normand .
d. Mary Pickford.
16. All of the following major comedic talents worked for Max Sennett except
a. Buster Keaton.
b. Fatty Arbuckle.
c. Charlie Chaplin.
d. Harold Lloyd.
17. Unlike Sennett, Charlie Chaplin realized
a. nothing transcended character.
b. nothing transcended goof looks.
c. nothing transcended crude, physical humor.
d. nothing transcended editing style.
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)
1. Early movies, before Griffith, were considered coarse and distasteful. ___
2. The serial was a staple of second- and third-run theaters for forty years. ___

3. Early on, unwritten rules required movies be made to look like live theatre as viewed from front row center. ___
4. Griffith began using mature, Grand Gesture actors wizened by years of barnstorming. ___

5. Griffiths passion was for the extreme long shot so that he could capture action and spectacle. ___

6. Griffith increased movie-making language with techniques like freeze frames,
parallel editing, frequent close-ups, and objects to synopsize and define character. ___

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7. Griffith was willing to collaborate with others like Allan Dwan to create the effects that Griffith wanted for his movies. ___

8. Cecil B. De Milles greatest gift was for getting actors to give wonderful performances. ___

9. Thomas Ince, rather than Griffith, is the uncredited originator of what has come to be known as the Hollywood studio system. ___
10. Max Sennetts success with his Keystone Studio was due to the fact that he told original stories and used only top actors. ___

Matching

1. Mae Marsh ___ a. Griffith one-reeler containing 68
scenes
2. Marcus Hanna ___
b. Our Lady of Constant Sorrows to a
3. The Sands of Dee ___ generation of filmgoers
4. freeze frame ___ c. hailed as the director who made the
breakthrough with mise en scene
5. Intolerance ___
d. purposely photographed action and
6. The Birth of a Nation ___ characters at a faster-than-life speed
7. Lillian Gish ___ e. after Lillian Gish, Griffiths most
expressive actor
8. masking ___
f. film technique altering frame size used
9. Cecil B. De Mille ___ in Orphans of the Storm
10. Max Sennett ___ g. Griffith used this device for ironic
contrast between hungry workers and a bountiful banquet

h. Griffiths artistically first-rate films, but a political/sociological
embarrassment

i. powerbroker/kingmaker
j. four stories linked by titles, a symbolic mother image, and cross cutting

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Short Answer
1. What was the typical Nickelodeon like in terms of setting and comfort?

2. What was the rationale behind Biograph joining with Edison, Vitagraph, etc. in 1908?

3. What were some of the ways D. W. Griffith used editing, camera work, and acting to bring emotions to the stories of movies like Birth of a Nation and Broken Blossom?
4. What were some of the humor techniques camera work, acting, story lines that Max Sennett used to strike wildly responsive chords in audiences?

Essay Questions
1. Compare and contrast the nickelodeons of early cinema with the megaplexes like AMC theatres of todays cinema.

2. To what extent was the confederation of Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph, et al. concerned with power, money, morality, and art?

3. What are some of the ways D.W. Griffiths filmmaking techniques compare and contrast with Steven Spielbergs filmmaking techniques?
4. After watching one of his films on Youtube, what is 1) a structural analysis of the typical Sennett plot, b) types of humor (with examples) found in the story, and c) the portrayal of characters by manner, appearance, behavior, and possessions?

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TEST CHAPTER 3 AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE 1920s

Multiple Choice

1. To many ordinary Americans, what seemed true about those larger-than-life silent movies coming out of early Hollywood?
a. They were impossibly glamorous.
b. They were a little dangerous.
c. They were scandalous.
d. all of the above
2. Many comedians in early Hollywood movies came from
a. vaudeville.
b. Broadway.
c. Burlesque.
d. little theatre.

3. Each of the following is a thematic aspect of Charlie Chaplins best work except
a. conveying the pain of being human.
b. portraying the joy of being rich and powerful.
c. showing what it is to love more than to be loved.
d. dramatizing being ignored when one does not deserve to be ignored
4. Chaplins comic work probably owes its great appeal to the fact that it has a great
sense of
a. the physical.
b. the political.
c. the psychological.
d. the philosophical.
5. Buster Keatons characters exhibited all of the following traits except
a. industriousness.
b. earnestness.
c. an inability to assimilate the reality around him.
d. cowardice.
6. Harold Lloyds films like Safety Last were on the myth of the Good American, and
in such films, viewers find
a. Home.
b. Hearth.
c. One True Love.
d. all the above

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7. Which of the following films is not one of Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckling spectaculars?
a. The Mask of Zorro
b. The Private Life of Don Juan
c. The Iron Mask
d. The Thief of Bagdad
8. The female actor whose own career paralleled the development of movies themselves
was
a. Mary Pickford.
b. Mabel Normand.
c. Greta Garbo.
d. Lilian Gish.
9. Rex Ingrams film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with Rudolph Valentino,
is characterized by
a. visual beauty.
b. intense dislike of close-ups.
c. both a and b.
d. neither a nor b.
10. The qualities which prohibit Erich Von Stroheim from being the Marquis de Sade of
cinema are
a. precision and clarity.
b. sex and doomed love.
c. fascinating and likeability.
d. humor and humanity.
11. Who of the following is considered a carefree flapper?
a. Clara Bow
b. Greta Garbo
c. Lillian Gish
d. Mary Pickford
12. The female director whose work was so admired that Universal built a studio for her
that was hers alone was
a. Lois Weber
b. Alice Guy-Blache
c. Francis Marion
d. Mrs. Wallace Reid

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13. What woman, at age 24, wrote a script for D. W. Griffith and later worked on the subtitles for his Intolerance?
a. June Mathis
b. Anita Loos
c. Francis Marion
d. Dorothy Azner
14. Silent films blended several arts except for
a. photography.
b. music.
c. acting.
d. special effects.
15. The film that opened Hollywood to sound in movies is
a. The Blue Angel.
b. Tabu.
c. The Jazz Singer.
d. Wings.
16. Adding a microphone to a set to record the actors talking did which of the following
to acting?
a. Stopped the actors dead in their tracks
b. Made them say their words very, very precisely
c. Made the loud camera relocate to a sound-proof booth
d. all the above
17. King Vidors first talkie, Halleluja, employed which one of the following now-
common recording techniques?
a. voice-over
b. dubbing
c. sound montage
d. none of the above
True/False
(Place an F or a T in the line following the sentence.)
1. Most female film directors flourished when the talkie era began. ___
2. Charlie Chaplin was always famous, even before getting into movies, for his Little Tramp character. ___
3. Chaplin was more than a comedian and The Gold Rush is more than a comedy. ___
4. Buster Keatons analytically abstract humor is more in tune with modern sensibilities than Chaplins open vulnerability. ___

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5. Unlike Chaplin, Harold Lloyd was a creature of the movies almost from the
beginning and so required a long apprenticeship to learn how to make people laugh.

6. Tom Mix and Clara Bow best personified the early Hollywood era, its ascent from primitivism into aesthetic accomplishment. ___
7. Erich von Stroheim, who increased the latitude for serious filmmakers, was
responsible for shifting power from the creative to the business end of filmmaking.

8. Studios like Universal hired prestige directors to please the critics and justify the wealth and influence standard Hollywood fodder generated. ___

9. Says Alexander Walker, The silent stars were less mythic figures, but not quite human because they didnt speak yet, giving emotions human shape. ___
10. The Jazz Singer was spectacular success from its first performance, thereafter prompting theaters to begin wiring for sound at considerable expense. ___

Matching a. first European woman director
1. Warner Brothers ___ b. satirized sex, fidelity, and bad faith in
intimate relations
2. von Sternberg ___
c. a star who also teamed with Fairbanks
3. Mary Pickford ___ and Chaplin to form United Artists
4. King Vidor ___ d. The Navigator
5. F. W. Murnau ___ e. stellar career basically ended as a film
comedian after two years
6. Alice Guy-Blache ___
f. City Lights
7. Ed Lubitsch ___
g. Underworld and The Last Command
8. Harry Langdon ___ two of his best works
9. Buster Keaton ___ h. made The Last Laugh, stylized mise
en scene helped to wean audiences from
10. Charley Chaplin ___ rural romances
i. made The Crowd which deals with
something approaching real life
j. produced The Jazz Singer which included sound

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Short Answer
1. How did Charles Chaplin create pathos (sympathy for another) in his comedies like City Lights or The Gold Rush? Illustrate.

2. What were some of the filmmaking techniques or qualities that made Buster Keatons early film comedies the antithesis of Max Sennetts comedies?

3. What were some of the ways that Mary Pickfords film career paralleled Hollywoods evolution as the filmmaking capital of the world?

4. What was Hollywoods resistance at all levels studio owners, directors, actors, etc. to introducing sound to the movie experience?

Essay Questions

1. In a Charlie Chaplin comedy, which element is dominant: slapstick comedy or the psychological study of character?
2. Why was vaudeville an excellent training ground for acting in movies?

3. What was the typical tone of the movies that women directors made in the silent era?
4. To what extent and in what way(s) did the introduction of sound turn films into talkies (sound dependent) rather than movies (image/picture dependent)?

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TEST CHAPTER 4 EUROPEAN CINEMA IN THE 1920s
Multiple Choice

1. Who of these had little or no interest in expressing the workings of the subconscious?
a. Fritz Lang
b. Sergei Eisenstein
c. King Vidor
d. Alfred Hitchcock
2. Kuleshovs editing experiment on the importance of the order of shots involved which sequence?
a. closeup of an actor with a plate of soup; a dead woman in a coffin; a little
girl playing with a doll
b. closeup of a little girl playing with a doll; a dead woman in a coffin; an
actor with a plate of soup
c. a dead woman in a coffin; a little girl playing with a doll; an actor with a
plate of soup
d. none of the above
3. Alfred Hitchcocks early films resemble the German movies exemplified by F. W.
Murnau in all of the following ways except
a. plot.
b. character.
c. art direction.
d. suggestive camera.

4. Sergei Eisensteins overriding principle was kineticism which meant which of these?
a. movement outside the frame
b. movement inside the frame
c. careful attention to movement of the camera
d. all of the above
5. Which of these is the director whose free flow of images took the place of
conventional narrative?
a. Alexander Pudovkin
b. Alexander Dovzhenko
c. F. W. Murnau
d. G. W. Pabst
6. According to V. I. Pudovkin, the operating principle of Russian (i.e. Soviet)
filmmaking was
a. editing.
b. plot.
c. acting.
d. none of the above.
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7. In Expressionism, which flourished in Germany, theorizes or uses all of the following
except
a. the artists emotional, personal reactions
b. exaggeration and dreamlike atmosphere
c. the faithful reproduction of the natural appearance of an object
d. heavy use of light and dark contrasts
8. The German director who served as the inspiration for other German directors such as
F. W. Murnau and Robert Wiene was
a. G. W. Pabst
b. Carl Mayer
c. Ernst Lubitsch
d. Max Reinhardt
9. Which of the following is a renowned Fritz Lang film?
a. Wings
b. Mother
c. The Eyes of the Mummy Man
d. Metropolis
10. The Griffith of Europe was the German director
a. Ernst Lubitsch
b. Fritz Lang
c. Emil Jennings
d. Walter Ruttman
11. Which of these is true about F. W. Murnaus Nosferatu?
a. Dracula is very good looking.
b. Dracula lives in Paris.
c. Dracula is a kind of man-rat.
d. Dracula drinks blood in his bath.
12. G. W. Pabsts Pandoras Box
a. faithfully recreates the myth.
b. is a relentless parable of a sensually insatiable womans destruction.
c. concerns street-wise profiteers and destitute middle-class.
d. portrays capitalisms connection to war.
13. Dadaism is the art movement that
a. despised realism.
b. emphasized the illogical or absurd.
c. used buffoonery and provocative behavior to shock.
d. all of the above

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14. Un Chien Andalou is a surrealist film made by
a. Louis Buuel
b. Salvador Dali
c. Both
d. Neither
15. Luis Buuel, in film after film, took as his theme
a. various ways people are cruel to animals.
b. some attack on conventional morality.
c. support for capitalist-based society.
d. examination and application of the ideas of Carl Jung.
16. Abel Gances films are characterized by all of the following except
a. avant-garde techniques.
b. romantic sensibility.
c. restraint.
d. extreme length.
17. The French director who had an anarchist spirit but produced a light tone was
a. Ren Clair
b. Jean Renoir
c. Marcel Proust
d. Jean Vigo

True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)

1. Sjstrm and Stiller explored the suffering brought on by the conflict between severe Protestantism and its constricting effect on the human instinct for pleasure. ___
2. Alfred Hitchcock was not at all interested and did not use the Soviets emerging technique of manipulative cutting when it suited his purposes. ___

3. Potemkins Odessa steps sequence is a powerful recreation of what its like to be caught in an explosion of random violence. ___
4. The Russians used tracking, panning, tilting, and the like to full effect. ___
5. Germanys cinema was the only national cinema comparable to Americas in the 1920s. ___

6. The Germans used expressionism to create a form of light-hearted domestic comedy.
___
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7. Murnau was the first to make camera movement a style sufficient unto itself. ___
8. Zero for Conduct is a Dada film made famous for its slow-motion, dreamlike, surreal pillow-fight scene. ___

9. Modern Times was so like Under the Roofs of Paris that Ren Clairs producers sued Charlie Chaplin. ___
10. Abel Gances polyvision anticipates Cinerama. ___

Matching

1. Alfred Hitchcock ___ a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
2. Lev Kuleshov ___ b. Le Million
3. Vsevelod Pudovkin ___ c. The Last Laugh
4. Robert Wiene ___ d. editing is the essence of cinema
5. Fritz Lang ___ e. LAge dOr
6. F. W. Murnau ___ f. The Lodger
7. Louise Brooks ___ g. Lulu in Hollywood
8. Ren Clair ___ h. Storm over Asia
9. Abel Gance ___ i. Spies
10. Luis Buuel ___ j. Napoleon

Short Answer

1. How did Sergei Eisenstein use reverse angles in his filmmaking?

2. What is the definition of the German term kammerspiel? Give an example of a movie embodying this quality.

3. In what ways did filmmakers react to the disillusioning bloodiness of World War I?
What film movement/ style was the ultimate reaction to the war to end all wars?

4. Explain Abel Gances Polyvision as an example of his extravagant filmmaking.

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Essay Questions
1. What does the term plastic mean as it applies to Soviet/ Russian movie making?

2. What is/ are the difference(s) between expressionism and naturalism?
3. Do Fritz Langs symbols in his films keep his films from being realistic?

4. In what ways were Luis Buuels (with Salvador Dalis help early on) attack movies in terms of technique, imagery, and theme?

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TEST CHAPTER 5 THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SYSTEM : 1925-
1955

Multiple Choice

1. What was a particularly taboo subject in American cinema in the Hollywood system?
a. optimism
b. romance
c. honest failure
d. none of the above
2. All the following were responsible for the practice of vertical integration except
a. Thomas Ince.
b. William Fox.
c. Adolph Zukor.
d. Marcus Loew.

3. The best American movies of this period were movies that
a. ennobled human beings.
b. made a great deal of money.
c. both a and b
d. neither a nor b
4. Which of the following is true about Paramount Studio?
a. It was responsible for 25% of the films produced in 1929.
b. It was the most sophisticated studio of the Big Five.
c. It was the most European.
d. all the above
5. Under the Hollywood film-studio factory system, the key to getting a movie made
was the
a. director.
b. producer.
c. cinematographer.
d. star.
6. The studio whose ruling sensibility was masculine, tough, and proletarian was
a. Paramount.
b. Universal.
c. RKO.
d. Warner Brothers.

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7. What percent of the seating capacity of theatres did the Big Five studios control?
a. 25%
b. 50%
c. 75%
d. 100%
8. Which of the following traits was not true of B-movies?
a. style, boldness, and originality
b. lurid and infantile titles
c. inclusion of a great deal of stock footage
d. testing ground of raw talent
9. All of the following made up the Front Office of a major studio except the
a. studio head.
b. producers.
c. production chief.
d. directors.
10. RKO, a small studio, boasted which of the following:
a. great political clout in California
b. the finest special effects unit in Hollywood
c. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds
d. Fritz Lang and John Ford, two of the best contract directors in Hollywood
11. What two types/ titles in the studio system produced the majority of the very best
films?
a. the producer
b. the director
c. both of the above
d. neither of the above
12. Top stars often had written into their contracts all of the following except
a. how much they could weigh.
b. script approval.
c. director.
d. cinematographer.
13. A personality star was an actor whose
a. screen persona and actual personality were very different.
b. screen roles were always exactly the same character.
c. screen persona and actual personality were almost identical.
d. none of the above

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14. Classical narrative structure
a. begins with an implied dramatic question.
b. involves subsequent scenes that intensify action in a rising pattern.
c. suppresses any dramatic detail that does not intensify the central conflict.
d. all the above
15. What element in a script took precedence over all other elements?
a. action
b. dialogue
c. costume
d. comedy
16. All of the following are true about the use of genre to develop movie stories except:
a. Its use automatically synthesizes a vast amount of iconographic data.
b. Its use provides a very tight set of ready-made expectations.
c. Its use helps to organize and focus story materials.
d. Its conventions are mere clichs unless united with significant innovations.
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)
1. Benjamin Hampton claims that Hollywoods greater film success than Europes is
explained by Hollywoods willingness to give the public what it was willing to pay
for. ___
2. The temper of each major studio was determined in part by the personality of the person who ran each studio. ___

3. The choices of movies which Bette Davis fought for made considerably less money than the ones her Front Office favored for her. ___
4. Major studios often viewed their stars as valuable investments, properties. ___

5. Good looks and sex appeal have seldom been conspicuous features of most film stars.
___
6. Narrative structure in classical movies is linear and often takes the form of a journey, chase, or search. ___

7. In the assembly-line method of making movies, action and plot did not take precedence over character consistency and probability. ___

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8. During the big studio era, literary properties were thought to be inferior to original screenplays.___
9. Gangster films are often vehicles for exploring rebellion myths. ___
10. Less realistic than slapstick comedy, screwball comedys characters are never serious as they interact with one another. ___

Matching

1. Thomas Ince ___
2. producer ___
3. John Wayne ___
4. MGM ___
5. classical cinema ___
6. B-movies ___
7. Frank Capra ___
8. Paramount ___
9. Clark Gable ___
10. Darryl F. Zanuck ___ Short Answer

a. specialized in lavish spectacles
b. major studio especially receptive to comedy
c. top male star of the 1930s
d. Twentieth Century-Fox production head
e. inaugurated the era of screwball comedy
f. shaped writing the script, had say in casting, etc.
g. most popular film star in film history
h. concerns goal-oriented characters
i. over half of majors movies were these
j. devised the studio system

1. Above all, what kind of stories did American audiences want to see after World War
I?

2. What was the model for the Hollywood studio system and who was the inventor of that model?

3. What happened to new actors/actresses (neophytes) who entered the star system?

4. To what is classical cinema oriented and to whom?

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Essay Questions
1. What were the benefits of the studio system to the film industry itself as well as movie goers? What were the limitations of the studio system?
2. What were the advantages to studios like MGM and Paramount that they specialized
in specific kinds of movies like spectaculars, screwball comedies etc.? What were the
disadvantages?

3. Why was the development of the classical narrative script form in Hollywood inevitable?

4. Given the fact that the system remade people into acting types, many of whom
became stars, how likely is it that personality stars like Gary Cooper were, in private life, just like their screen personas, or was it likely that, as we learned about actors like Rock Hudson and Marilyn Monroe, they had private selves that few knew?

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TEST CHAPTER 6 AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE 1930s

Multiple Choice
1. What quality of speech most characterized how actors spoke in early talkies?
a. poetic
b. colloquial
c. proper
d. accented
2. The gangster movie cycle began with which film?
a. Scarface
b. Underworld
c. Little Cesar
d. Public Enemy
3. Who first administered the censorious Production Code?
a. Joseph I. Breen
b. Will Hays
c. neither a nor b
d. both a and b
4. Which of the following is true of the gangster in gangster movies?
a. He is poorly educated.
b. He is incapable of love.
c. He is a man of the city.
d. He is incapable of humor.

5. All of these movies featured guns, cars, and sex except:
a. Wild Boys of the Road
b. Public Enemy
c. Scarface
d. Little Caesar
6. Who was a musical Eisenstein?
a. Howard Hawks
b. Ernst Lubitsch
c. Fred Astaire
d. Busby Berkeley
7. What replaced the sight gag in comedies when sound was introduced?
a. wisecrack
b. fast talk
c. double entendre
d. non sequitur

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8. _____ were the legitimate descendents of the American iconoclastic tradition.
a. The Gold Diggers
b. Mae West and Cary Grant
c. The Marx Brothers
d. none of the above
9. All of the following are typical examples of a Frank Capra movie except
a. It Happened One Night
b. Red River
c. Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington
d. The Strong Man
10. Greta Garbo laughed for the first time on film in which movie?
a. The Little Foxes
b. Its a Wonderful Life
c. Front Page
d. Ninotchka
11. What did Mae West possess that made her a startling apparition?
a. beauty
b. bravery
c. great voice
d. political savvy
12. What characterizes the film style of William Wyler?
a. lengthy takes
b. deep-focus photography
c. few close-ups
d. all of the above
13. Which of the following is true of an Ernst Lubitsch comedy?
a. it is very realistic
b. it makes secondary characters the butt of jokes
c. it is never cold nor brittle
d. it stays true to traditional comic technique
14. Who worked as a successful independently produced director?
a. Howard Hawks
b. George Cukor
c. Sam Wood
d. Mervyn LeRoy

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15. John Fords movies are characterized by which of the following?
a. visual economy
b. independent women
c. loosely structured plots
d. none of the above
16. The actor that worked successfully in westerns with both Howard Hawks and John
Ford was
a. Humphrey Bogart
b. James Cagney
c. Clark Gable
d. John Wayne
17. All of the following qualities are true of George Cukors outstanding, Garbo-starring
film except:
a. luxurious mise en scne
b. underplayed acting
c. careless writing
d. great performance
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)

1. Ernst Lubitsch was the screens resident master of the grotesque through the early 1930s. ___

2. Ben Hechts writing was embodied in a dynamic, no-nonsense style which helped define 30s comedy and drama. ___
3. In a Busby Berkeley movie the star was really the editor, not the actor and not the camera. ___
4. Fred Astaire used dance as a metaphor for character, courtship, love, and, yes, sex.
___

5. The Marx Brothers were more dependent on their writers than quieter, more behavioral comics like Laurel and Hardy. ___
6. Frank Capras movies are morality plays of loss followed by reclamation as can be seen in Its a Wonderful Life. ___

7. Musical underscoring is what made bad movies bad and, as well, often distracted from the emotion a key moment in a movie. ___

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8. Bette Davis made her mark as a shy, retiring woman who would surrender her will to stronger characters, especially men. ___

9. Howard Hawkss films are characterized by a concise sense of plot, verbal economy, visual economy, and, at their end, triumphant characters. ___

10. John Fords films are full of compositions which are painterly, in-depth, and in deep focus, but whose narrative is often rambling. ___

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Matching

1. Angels with Dirty Faces ___ a. Busby Berkeleys musical in which
pianos move
2. Swing Time ___
b. Mae West puts Cary Grant in his
3. Scarface ___ place
4. The Informer ___ c. William Wyler films starring Bette
Davis
5. The Little Foxes ___
d. Marx Bothers surrealistic assault on
6. Duck Soup ___ order and reason
7. The Gold Diggers of 1935 ___ e. starred James Cagney, bruised,
without illusions
8. Camille ___
f. George Cukor film starring Greta
9. Its a Wonderful Life ___ Garbo and Robert Taylor

10. She Done Him Wrong ___ g. Frank Capra film starring James
Stewart

h. director John Fords first critical hit
i. gangster film written by Ben Hecht, directed by Howard Hawks

j. starred Fred Astaire, the musicals
inventor

Short Answer
1. What things did the Production Code prohibit in movies?

2. What was it that Fred Astaire managed to achieve through his dance musicals in the
30s?

3. What was impossible for director Frank Capra in movies? What was his core
message?

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4. With what character type was John Ford preoccupied in his movies?

Essay Questions
1. What did gangster movies generally have in common with the optimistic orientation
of most American movies (that is, until the typical gangster movie reached its bloody
conclusion)?
2. What was the appeal of the American musical, both in technique and story, to American audiences?
3. What would be the delights and problems with director William Wylers excessive attention to detail in making his movies?
4. In American movies, which is the more powerful thematic impulse: idealism or pragmatism?

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TEST CHAPTER 7 EUROPEAN CINEMA IN THE 1930s
Multiple Choice

1. Who did not flee Germany with the rise of Adolf Hitler?
a. Billy Wilder
b. Fritz Lang
c. Leni Riefenstahl
d. Fred Zinnemann
2. Fritz Langs first talkie in German was
a. The Blue Angel
b. M
c. Liebelei
d. Triumph of the Will
3. The Blue Angel is characterized by which of the following:
a. woman as devourer
b. man as avenger
c. love as redemption
d. all of the above
4. Britains cinema was stunted for many years by which of the following:
a. countrys lack of a strong economy
b. dreary conservatism
c. snobbish, theater-oriented tradition
d. all of the above
5. Charles Laughton, the actor, perhaps gave his fines performance in the movie
a. The Private Life of Henry VIII
b. Spartacus
c. The Hunchback of Norte Dame
d. Night of the Hunter
6. Who of the following often built movies around an innocent man on the run theme?
a. Michael Powell
b. Alexander Korda
c. John Grierson
d. Alfred Hitchcock

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7. Alexander Kordas problem with making his movies those he produced and directed was that
a. he was not a very creative director
b. he moved from country to country too often
c. he let too many different people direct his movies
d. he had tastes which were much too rarefied
8. Hitchcock in part achieved his films effect and success through the influence and use
of
a. editing based on the theory of Kuleshov and Pudovkin
b. German Expressionism
c. innovations in sound
d. all of the above
9. What film did Alfred Hitchcock make in Britain which proved the precursor of later
films like North by Northwest?
a. Vertigo
b. The 39 Steps
c. Lifeboat
d. Number 17
10. The French admired and paid homage in their surrealist films to
a. American slapstick comedy as seen in Buster Keaton and Laurel and
Hardy
b. Russian masters Pudovkin and Eisenstein
c. Alfred Hitchcock and Alexander Korda
d. all of the above
11. Jean Cocteau made which of the following magical tales?
a. Beauty and the Beast
b. The Blood of the Poet
c. both a and b
d. neither a and b
12. If French civilization were destroyed today, what film, according to Richard Roud,
could be used to reconstruct that civilization?
a. Rules of the Game
b. Beauty and the Beast
c. Children of Paradise
d. none of the above
13. The New Wave film movement of France most admired which French film director?
a. Jean Cocteau
b. Jean Renoir
c. Marcel Carn
d. Jacques Prvert
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14. Who financed his early movies himself using art works?
a. Marcel Carn
b. Jean Renoir
c. Jean Cocteau
d. Carl Theodore Dreyer
15. What French film director called for movies which dealt with life as it was lived in
the streets of Paris?
a. Francois Truffaut
b. Danielle Darrieux
c. Jacques Prvert
d. Marcel Carn
16. In Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir made good use of the talents of
a. Charlie Chaplin
b. G. W. Pabst
c. Erich von Stroheim
d. Alfred Hitchcock
17. William Faulkner wrote the script for which of these films which Renoir made in
America?
a. The Southerner
b. The Sound and the Fury
c. Absalom, Absalom
d. Light in August
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)
1. Hitler targeted two areas to condemn and promote his policies: Americans and movies. ___
2. Marcel Ophls often examined what he considered the transitory nature of love in movies like La Ronde. ___

3. British drama was not hampered at all departures of artists like Charlie Chaplin. ___
4. Alfred Hitchcock regretted that sound entered movies as is clear in Blackmail. ___

5. Hitchcocks movies tended to follow a structure of the Sennett chase, accelerating rush towards a climactic resolution. ___
6. Jean Cocteau was pedestrian in his invention of imagery and humor. ___

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7. A film like Leo McCareys Wrong Again is an example of a film much adored by French surrealists. ___
8. Marcel Carn prefigures film noir. ___

9. Jean Renoir was interested in preserving and extending his famous fathers reputation as an Impressionistic painter. ___

10. Silence was better suited to Renoirs films than sound because of the films contemplative and realistic perspectives. ___

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Matching

1. M ___
2. Marlene Dietrich ___
3. Rules of the Game ___
4. Jean Cocteau ___
5. Children of Paradise ___
6. Leni Riefenstahl ___
7. Rembrandt ___
8. Alfred Hitchcock ___
9. Jean Gabin ___
10. Max Ophls ___ Short Answer

a. Jean Renoir classic of study of French classes
b. angels wore black leather Orpheus
c. German actress turned director
d. star of Port of Shadows
e. The Blue Angel star
f. Liebelei
g. Fritz Langs first talkie
h. Marcel Carn masterpiece
i. The Lady Vanishes
j. Alexander Korda

1. What sense of fate did Max Ophls achieve in his use of circular narratives?

2. What film movement brought Great Britain its first distinctive form of filmmaking and what was its goal?

3. What quality do Alfred Hitchcocks American films possess that is lacking in his earlier British films?

4. What view of life and love do Marcel Carn s films like Children of Paradise have? What do his film anticipate?

Essay Questions

1. Is Leni Riefenstahls The Triumph of the Will a documentary or a work of fiction?
2. How is Marlene Dietrichs Lola in Josef von Sternbergs The Blue Angel prototypically a femme fatale?
3. Was the fabulist/surrealist French film director Jean Cocteau simply ahead of his time in his technique and story development?
4. Did Marcel Carn make film noir movies?

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TEST CHAPTER 8 AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE 1940s

Multiple Choice
1. All of the following are true about the state of the American film industry during World War II except
a. Americans love affair with movies continued through most of the 40s
b. the value of studios leaped by almost $150,000,000 in one year alone
c. many studios lost money because of the war
d. the admission price to movies was less than 50 cents
2. Which of the following did not contribute to Hollywoods loss of profitability after
World War II?
a. anti-trust action against the majors
b. bad movies
c. television
d. HUAC investigations
3. Which of the following is true of John Hustons The Battle of San Pietro?
a. he used a hand-held camera
b. he filmed body bags
c. both a and b
d. neither a nor b
4. The Why We Fight war propaganda films are characterized by which of the
following:
a. stock footage
b. animation
c. stentorian narration
d. all of the above
5. Which of the following is an example of film noir by John Huston?
a. The African Queen
b. The Maltese Falcon
c. The Battle of San Pietro
d. none of the above

6. The movie that made Humphrey Bogart a star was
a. High Sierra
b. African Queen
c. The Caine Mutiny
d. Moby Dick

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7. Which of the following is true of a Disney-produced animated feature film?
a. sentimental
b. sugary
c. supported stability and family
d. all of the above
8. What quality(ies) make Walt Disneys animated movies such as Pinocchio work as
well as they do?
a. emotional directness
b. wonderful film music
c. mischievous humor
d. all of the above
9. Which of the following is true of female characters in Preston Sturgess movies?
a. They are shy and retiring.
b. They are eye candy.
c. They are wily and manipulative.
d. none of the above
10. Billy Wilder was a
a. director
b. reporter
c. scriptwriter
d. all of the above
11. Many consider which of the following to be Billy Wilders masterpiece?
a. Sunset Boulevard
b. Double Indemnity
c. The Lost Weekend
d. Ace in the Hole
12. All of the following are true about Orson Welles Citizen Kane except
a. it combines a number of films techniques for the first time.
b. it uses flashbacks for its narrative.
c. it was budgeted for $650,000.
d. it was shot in flat focus.
13. Which classic dramatist did Welles increasingly turn to for inspiration as he aged?
a. Anton Chekov
b. Ben Johnson
c. William Shakespeare
d. Arthur Miller

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14. Which of the following did not persuade filmmakers and audiences that there was more to life than they previously had thought?
a. World War II
b. Surrealism
c. Freudian psychology
d. the Holocaust
15. In film noir, the tone is generally
a. optimistic.
b. pragmatic.
c. pessimistic.
d. sarcastic.
16. Social realism, developing concurrently with film noir, is, in technique, a great deal
like
a. classic melodrama
b. neorealism
c. national epics
d. slapstick comedy

17. The films that Ida Lupino made were concerned with
a. unwed mothers
b. rape
c. working women
d. all of the above
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)
1. Hollywood exempted itself from participation from World War II and made millions of dollars in the process. ___
2. In 1948, the federal government successfully concluded an antitrust action that divested the major companies of their theater chains. ___

3. All the documentaries made in Hollywood during World War II were fully patriotic, saber rattlers. ___
4. John Huston early in his directing career showed a gift for multi-layered filmmaking.
___

5. Hustons noir films charts the down side of humanity, the men and women who try and fail, either through flaws in themselves or because they attempt to circumvent the natural order of a hostile universe. ___
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6. In a Disney film up through the 40s, the overriding sensibility is basically the star, usually Mickey Mouse. ___

7. Animation at Warners was markedly different from that of Disney: anarchic, astringent, unstable, disinterested in family. ___

8. Preston Sturgess movies like All About Eve continued to reinforce the notion that success and happiness are the result of talent, clean living, and hard work. ___

9. Billy Wilders Sunset Boulevard is a realistic meditation on the nature of Hollywood that turns into wonderful screwball comedy. ___

10. William Wyler, as demonstrated in The Best Years of Our Lives, thought that the camera , the staging, the externals of a scene were important only as they help the audience understand what the characters are thinking, feeling or doing. ___

Matching

1. Memphis Belle ___
2. Bambi ___
3. Preston Sturges ___
4. social realism ___
5. John Huston ___

6. the existential loner ___
7. The Stranger ___
8. proud and combative ___
9. Billy Wilder ___
10. Mad Wednesday ___ Short Answer

a. Orson Welles film
b. Katharine Hepburn
c. Disney classic animated feature
d. Humphrey Bogart
e. Double Indemnity showed his expressionistic leanings
f. like neorealism in technique
g. The Asphalt Jungle, a world of shadows
h. The Palm Beach Story
i. Sturges film badly recut by Howard Hughes
j. William Wyler WWII documentary

1. Whom in Hollywood did the investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) affect?

2. What essentially was John Hustons interest in characters found in movies like The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of Sierra Madre,? Was Huston pessimistic or
optimistic overall in his view of life?

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3. What could, like Ben Hecht, Billy Wilder do almost instinctively and why?

4. What makes film noir run counter to the American tradition of optimism?

Essay Questions
1. In what ways did Hollywood do itself proud during World War II?

2. Why did a darker, more pessimistic kind of story (noir) come to popularity after the
war?
3. Were Warner Brothers cartoons or Disney cartoons more in keeping with the feelings of the times?
4. In what ways did American cinema show that innovation could come through adaptation, as in borrowing techniques from the Italian neorealists?

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TEST CHAPTER 9 EUROPEAN CINEMA IN THE 1940s

Multiple Choice
1. What idea did Denmarks Carl Dreyer like to explore in his films
a. how a persons soul can rise above the constraints of the physical world
b. how foreign occupation creates tyranny in a country
c. how a controlled national economy affects the working class adversely
d. all of the above
2. Which of the following is true about movie production in Europe in the 1940s?
a. European filmmakers made only documentaries.
b. Fiction movies declined sharply in the war years.
c. Warring countries were careful to allow film production to escape
destruction.
d. none of the above

3. Germanys postwar rubble films were not characterized by which of the following?
a. didactic
b. corrected lies
c. period pieces
d. political
4. The children referred to in Marcel Carn s Children of Paradise are
a. naively hopeful characters
b. low-class theater patrons
c. neither of the above
d. both of the above
5. French postwar movie making suffered from
a. lack of capital.
b. outmoded equipment.
c. limited studio space.
d. all of the above.
6. What types of films were brought to production immediately in postwar Russia?
a. boy-loves- tractor
b. historic heroes of the people
c. science fiction
d. crime thrillers

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7. Who led Great Britains documentary-film effort to bolster that nations morale during World War II?
a. Carol Reed
b. Laurence Olivier
c. John Grierson
d. Michael Powell
8. Laurence Olivier used all of the following movie making techniques while directing
Hamlet except
a. voice-over interior monologues
b. crane and dolly shots
c. deep-focus photography
d. short takes
9. David Lean worked with Noel Coward on all of the following movies except
a. The Happy Breed
b. The Red Shoes
c. Blithe Spirit
d. Brief Encounters
10. British actors of the 1940s were trained in all the following except
a. direction
b. diction
c. dancing
d. dialects
11. David Leans filmmaking style includes which one of the following?
a. no class consciousness
b. a single dominant acting star
c. well written scripts
d. low-quality production
12. The Third Man is considered Carol Reeds finest achievement in part because of
which of the following traits?
a. rhythm and pacing
b. use of black and white
c. dialogue
d. mood, ambiance, setting
13. Which of the following is true about Italian neorealism?
a. focused on ordinary people, played by non-professional actors
b. stories were loose and episodic and filmed on actual locations, often
outdoors
c. both a and b
d. neither a nor b

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14. What film is considered the precursor of neorealism in Italy after World War II?
a. Ossessione
b. La Terra Trema
c. A Day in the Country
d. The Stranger
15. Vittorio De Sica teamed with Cesare Zavattini to create which of the following films:
a. The Bicycle Thief
b. Umberto D
c. Miracle in Milan
d. all of the above

16. Which of the following American actors starred in Luchino Viscontis The Leopard?
a. Kirk Douglas
b. Burt Lancaster
c. Robert Mitchum
d. Raymond Burr
17. What caused neorealism to wane in Italy in the 1940s?
a. the Andreoti Law
b. the introduction of color film
c. the economic miracle of the country
d. none of the above
True/False
(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)
1. Nazi propaganda films were efforts to depict conditions in Germany truthfully. ___
2. The few French directors who remained in France during the war concentrated on making period and fantasy films. ___

3. The favorite American movies of Josef Stalin were gangster movies. ___
4. The vast majority of Soviet film technicians and artists managed to escape and survive the horrors visited upon their country in World War II. ___

5. Like other countries, Great Britains movie industry produced one war movie after another during the war. ___

6. Oliviers film version of Hamlet was a technically amateurish production since Oliviers passion was live theater. ___

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7. David Leans film version of Dickens Great Expectations preserves the major materials of the novel, but does so in cinematic terms. ___

8. Carol Reeds The Third Man uses many dramatic high-contrast and low-key lighting effects as well as baroque compositions and bizarre tilt shots. ___

9. Vittorio De Sicas idol was Charlie Chaplin, traces of which can be seen in De Sicas The Bicycle Thief. ___
10. Viscontis Ossessione, loosely based on The Postman Always Rings Twice, is said to
be the direct descendent of Italian neorealism since it is derivative and stylized. ___

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Matching

1. Alexander Nevsky ___
2. Umberto Barbero ___
3. Anna Magnani ___
4. The Red Shoes ___
5. Roberto Rossellini ___
6. Children of Paradise ___
7. Hamlet ___
8. America ___
9. Odd Man Out ___
10. The Eternal Jew ___
Short Answer

a. won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture
b. a typical Nazi cinematic lie
c. finest French film of the occupation
d. superb political thriller with James Mason
e. coined the term neorealism
f. Michael Powell film, very popular in America
g. film industry emerged intact
h. The Open City
i. best of heroes of Mother Russia films
j. won Best Actress award for The Rose Tattoo

1. What happened to Germanys film industry before, during, and after (until the 1960s) World War II?

2. By what means did British filmmakers finally and successfully crash the American film market during the war?

3. What theme do Carol Reed movies of the 1940s like Odd Man Out and The
Third Man often explore?

4. What common political philosophy did the Italian neorealists like Roberto
Rossellini and Michelangelo Antonioni share in the 1940s after World War II?

Essay Questions
1. What was the condition of the French movie making culture in the years following World War II?
2. What happened to the movies in oppressive political regimes like in Germany and/or the Soviet Union/Russia?
3. Why would Sir Laurence Olivier be considered a major national [resource] of Great Britain during the 1940s?
4. Why did neorealism emerge in Italy after World War II?

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TEST CHAPTER 10 AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE 1950s
Multiple Choice

1. All of the following contributed to Hollywoods waning in the 50s except?
a. a lack of stars
b. a maturing of tastes
c. a vast increase in production costs
d. none of the above

2. Each of the following is from MGMs golden age of musicals except?
a. On the Town
b. Bells Are Ringing
c. Pennies from Heaven
d. The Band Wagon
3. Gene Kelly was
a. the outstanding actor of his day
b. the outstanding musical performer of his day
c. the outstanding romantic director of his day
d. none of the above
4. Cinemascope made which of the following cinema techniques difficult if not impossible?
a. close ups
b. deep focus
c. wide depth of field
d. all of the above

5. To combat TVs growing influence, the movie studios did all of the following except
a. used color film
b. used European actors
c. used stereo sound
d. used a wider screen
6. The Production Code finally began to allow all of the following except:
a. sexual deviance
b. drug addiction
c. kidnapping
d. words like virgin
7. Which of the following is characteristic of social realism?
a. authentic people
b. shot on location
c. focus on people near the bottom
d. all of the above
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8. All of the following is true of Norma Jean Baker except
a. was married at 16
b. was trained at the Actors Studio
c. was not considered a serious actor
d. was Marilyn Monroe
9. Each of the following is true about method acting except?
a. a characters spirit must be fused with the actors own emotions
b. actors dont do research in order to play characters they dont know
c. the text is the 10% that shows; the rest is subtext
d. none of the above

10. Method acting is especially good when
a. creating a surface impression of character.
b. delivering spoken language really effectively.
c. showing

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