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AS3217 U.S. Media & Public Policy
Semester 2 2000-2001
A/P Ian Gordon
Ph. 874 4694

Lecture 4
The Motion Picture Industry

Joseph Turow, Media Today: An Introduction to Mass Communication (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999), Chapter 11, pp227-235; Chapter 12. RBR Holdings

Kevin Brownlow, The Parade's Gone By (New York:, Knopf, 1968). NUS Library Holdings
Gerald Mast,  A Short History of the Movies (New York: Macmillan, 1992). NUS Library Holdings
James Monaco, How To Read A Film (New York: Oxford University Press, 1981). NUS Library Holdings
Bill Nichols editor,  Movies and Methods (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976-1985).  NUS Library Holdings
Thomas Schatz, The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996). NUS Library Holdings
Robert Sklar, Movie-Made America (New York: Random House, 1994). NUS Library Holdings

Students can look at early films of Thomas Edison over the internet from this link: Edison Films

Classics of the period 1910 to 1945:
The Birth of A Nation (1915)
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
Nanook of the North (1922)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Jazz Singer (1929)
Blue Angel (1930)
Frankenstein (1931)
Horse Feathers (1932)
Scarface (1932)
King Kong (1933)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Modern Times (1936)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Stagecoach (1939).
Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Grapes of Wrath (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Citizen Kane (1941)

After 1945:
Film Noir:
The Big Sleep (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Laura (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), Blood Simple (1985), White Heat (1949), Chinatown (1974), The Last Seduction (1994)

Science Fiction:
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), The Thing (1951), The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), The Fly (1958)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), High Noon (1952), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Destry Rides Again (1939), Broken Arrow (1950), Red River (1948), The Outlaw (1943), Shane (1953), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), Pale Rider (1985), Unforgiven (1992)

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Singin' in the Rain (1952), Okalahoma (1955), South Pacific (1958), Camelot (1967), Mary Poppins (1965), West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979)

Links will be added to the following after lectures:
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