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  • Huston's Film Of Tennessee Williams Play
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    Historians have traced homosexual imagery to the very start of American cinema, with the Thomas Edison film The Gay Brothers (1895), directed by William Dickson, in which two men dance together. Female impersonators and women playing male roles, both fixtures in late-19th-century vaudeville and theater, began appearing in split- and one-reel films of the 1900's. Today this work can seem more overtly gay or lesbian than it did in its time, when the notion of homosexual desire was more strictly ta...
  • Important Postwar Films From Fox
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    Wilhelm Fried was born in Hungary of German-Jewish parents, and brought to America while still an infant in 1879. As William Fox, he would preside over a major Hollywood film studio of the teens and '20's - one destined to reach even greater heights in the '30's and '40's as 20th Century-Fox. In 1904 Fox purchased a Brooklyn penny arcade from animation pioneer J. Stuart Black ton, and with its profits soon had a chain of New York City movie houses. He began producing films in 1912, and in 1915 f...
  • Studio's Horror Films
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    As a companion piece to the articles outlining the histories of the eight major film studios, this survey examines four low-budget studios. They produced mostly Grade-"B" films: genre efforts made quickly and cheaply for targeted audiences - usually young ones, whether it was the fare aimed at juvenile cowboy enthusiasts, provided by Monogram, PRC (Producers Releasing Company), and Republic during the 1930's and '40's, or the older teen crowds sold on AIP's (American International Pictures) horr...
  • Martin Scorsese Films
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    For my final project, I chose to learn more about my favorite director, Martin Scorsese. From as far as I can remember, Martin Scorsese's films have always intrigued me like no others have. There are many reasons why I am drawn to his type of films and his style of directing. Martin Scorsese has directed films that support his ethnic background. He has revolutionized the motion picture industry with the films he has directed. Scorsese has a unique approach in directing his films. Lastly, Scorses...
  • Korean Films 6 Days A Year
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    A Short History of Korean Film 1903-1945: Korea Under Japanese Rule 1903 -- First public screening of a film in Korea. 1910 -- Korea is formally annexed by Japan. 1919 -- First film, a kino drama (play with motion picture inserts) named Uirijeok Guru. 1923 -- First silent film, Plighted Love Under the Moon directed by Yun Back-nam. 1926 -- Ari rang by Na Un-Kyu. 1935 -- First sound film, Ch'-jon directed by Lee Myung-woo. 1937 -- Japan invades China; the Korean film industry is converted into a ...
  • Years 1920 23 Buster Keaton's Two Reelers
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    In the first years of American cinema, comedies appeared only occasionally among the numerous documentaries, dramas, and action ers Edwin S. Porter directed at Thomas Edison's New York studio from 1900 to 1909. His earliest comedies, up until around 1902, were one-joke shorts in various series: Grandma and Grandpa, Happy Hooligan, Old Maid. In his 1906 The Dream Of A Rarebit Fiend, Porter deftly employed the fantastic trick-photography humor which France's George Ml is had developed so brilliant...
  • Handsome Films Of Stage Comedies
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    In 1927 Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, a silent drama with sound sequences in which Al Jolson sang and spoke. The film was a hit, and within two years American cinema shifted irreversibly to talking films. At first everyone was planted around the microphone, but even as the technology improved, sound still slowed down the onscreen tempo because of the greater detail and realism which it brought to action. This change helped the dramatic players of silents, most of whom had equal or great...
  • Director Peter Brook's First Film
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    On January 14, 1896, at England's Royal Photographic Society, American-born photographer and inventor Birt Acres held a public screening of motion pictures he'd made in 1895, using a camera he'd designed with Robert William Paul (based on the Edison Kinetoscope); Acres' films included Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race and Rough Sea At Dover. The next month, Frenchman Flic en Tre wey, the Lumire Brothers' London representative, gave England's first film program to charge admission, with short documentar...
  • Chappelle's Show And South Park
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    A few decades ago television consisted of a small number of channels, today however there are more different channels than one can watch in a full day. Because a media company's number one goal, like every other corporation, is to earn the largest profit possible, media companies use segmentation to target niche audiences. Moreover, fragmentation-the large increase in the number of channels-has also created niche audiences. So, what's the big deal with fragmentation and audience segmentation? By...
  • Mgm Film And Television Production And Distribution
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    The history of the illustrious film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, more commonly known as MGM, begins with Marcus Loew, a first-generation American and son of Austrian immigrants, who began purchasing penny arcades in 1905 with his business partner, Adolph Zukor. They were soon buying up motion-picture theaters, and by 1912, when Zukor struck out to form the production company Famous Players (which eventually became Paramount), Loew had his own business, Loew's Theatrical Enterprises, which owned h...
  • Films With Warner Features
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    The Warner family immigrated from Poland to Baltimore in 1883 and for several years traveled around the United States and Canada before finally settling in Youngstown, Ohio. Of the twelve children, Harry was born in Poland in 1881; Jack, the youngest, was born in London, Ontario, in 1892. In 1903 the family purchased the 90-seat Cascade Theatre, a nickelodeon in Newcastle, Pennsylvania (where Jack sang for the audience during intermissions). By 1905, Jack, Harry, and brothers Albert and Sam were...
  • Their Last Film At Columbia
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    Columbia Pictures originated with a man whose coarseness and bullying earned him such unloving nicknames as "Harry The Horror,"White Fang", and "His Crudeness": Harry Cohn. The New York-born son of Jewish immigrants, Cohn worked throughout the teens at numerous jobs, in and out of the entertainment industry. By 1918 he was an assistant to Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal, who also employed Harry's older brother Jack. The Cohns left Universal in 1920, along with another ex-Laemmle employee,...
  • More Provocative Look At The Prison Film
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    The first prison films in American cinema were short documentaries and melodramas which all shared a strong social consciousness. For The Commonwealth (1912) showed the benefits of convicts performing useful labor; The Convict's Parole (1912) and The Convict King (1915) denounced the exploitation of prisoners as cheap workers. Convict Life In The Ohio Penitentiary (1912) and The Modern Prison (1914) depicted the beneficial effects of the humane treatment of convicts; Life In A Western Penitentia...
  • Era's World War II Films
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    In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American war were grist for American movies' mill, mostly in romantic flag-wavers which boasted little action. The war film as it is known today - violent dramatizations of men in combat - emerged with the world's first experience of modern warfare, World War I. This study therefore excludes films set against conflicts of previous centuries; readers should consult the articles on epic and historical ...
  • Religious As A Film Genre
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    In this study, the use of "religious" as a film genre is meant to denote 1) dramatizations of characters and events from the holy books of world religions; 2) biographies of saints and clergy; 3) films in which the principal characters are members of the clergy; and 4) films that deal directly with spiritual questions and beliefs. The religious film is one of the oldest of all genres, starting in 1897 with The Passion Play, an American filming of the annual production in Horwitz, Bohemia. Other ...
  • Kubrick's Film To Best Picture
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    "A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later" (Stanley Kubrick) Director Stanley Kubrick was born within the confines of New York on the 26th of July 1928. The son of a physician, he began his career at the relatively young age of 16 when he began working as a freelance photographer for Look Magazine. Around this time the growing in confidence teenager found...
  • Early Silent Films
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    "Our invention can be exploited for a certain time as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that, it has no commercial future whatsoever". - Auguste Lumi " ere, early filmmaker who, with his brother Louis, organized the first public performance of motion pictures in December 1895 Silent films of the 1910's and 1920's were famous for the use of harsh makeup, the gradual development of lighting systems, and the use of inter-titles to show dialogue. Performers used pantomime techniques, exaggerate...

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