Discuss (3) reasons why Hollywood was reluctant to add sound to their films.These questions are a combination of short essay, listing, and discussions covering musicals, war films, sound, Saving Private Ryan & Singin’ in the Rain, Japanese Cinema, and Citizen Kane.
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1. Discuss (3) reasons why Hollywood was reluctant to add sound to their films.
2. List and Define (2) early technological or artistic advances that helped movie studios make better quality sound films.
3. What was the Hollywood Production Code?
Why did Hollywood create it?
Cite (2) examples from it.
4. Musicals, while borrowing many aspects of typical narrative film, have evolved over the years to create their own set of cinematic rules. Besides the obvious singing of songs, what is another way musicals break from traditional narrative structure? Please support your ideas with examples from Singin’ In The Rain.
5. In Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg used Sound Design, Editing, & Camera Work to stylistically differentiate his battle scenes from non-battle scenes.
Choose (2) technical aspects (Sound, Editing, Camera work) and describe how he differentiated his work when shooting battle scenes vs. non-battle scenes. For example: When Spielberg edited the opening battle sequence he made XXXXX choices vs. in non-battle scenes when he made XXXXX choices.
Be sure you support your answers with specific examples from the film and/or research.
6. “War Films”, as a genre, have been a staple of Hollywood since the silent era.
Discuss (2) reasons that “war films” make compelling cinematic experiences
Discuss (2) historical influences that dominated the content and point of view of war films prior to the 1960’s.
Discuss (2) historical influences that affected a shift in content and point of view in war films after the mid 1960’s.
7. Discuss 2 ways that early Japanese cinema differed from American “Hollywood” cinema.
8. When “Citizen Kane” was released in 1941 it introduced audiences to new and innovative film-making and story-telling techniques. It also had it’s fair share of controversy!
Discuss (1) of the controversies surrounding the storyline of this film.
Discuss (1) new or innovative filming technique Welles implemented.
Be sure to support these answers with a specific example from Citizen Kane.
9. Early Japanese cinema often centered on 2 different types of leading men: Tateyaku & Nimaime.
Provide an example for each using contemporary actors
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