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AS3217 U.S. Media & Public Policy
Semester 2 2000-2001
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Study Guide Four
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

Discussion Questions:

1) What makes a film popular? Why do you choose to see one film but not another?

2) How might a movie influence public policy? Give examples.

3) Does U.S. media need to be controlled? What lessons can we draw in this area from the experience of U.S. motion pictures?

Please post your answers to the discussion questions to the AS3217 Forum on the IVLE page.

After completing the reading you should be able to answer the following questions.

Identification Questions:

1) What is a backend deal?

2) What was block booking?

3) What was the studio system?

4) What is P & A?

5) What is wide release?

6) What is a genre?

7) What is Film Noir?

8) What are A and B movies?

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

Self Test 11
Self Test 12

Birth of a Nation is available from the IVLE page for this module. http://ivle.nus.edu.sg/multimedia/medialist.asp?courseid=AS3217

Last update January 31, 2001.                                           © National University of Singapore - American Studies Centre
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