Motion Pictures cultural reflections Early History of Film Silent Films created a suspension of disbelief Used as narratives Examples Luminere Brothers in Europe 1895 (elite) Thomas Edison 1896 (masses) Classic Films A Trip to the Moon (1902) Special effects
Most expensive film produced to date ($110,000)
In 1920s the Payne Fund studies the affect of motion pictures on society
The industry responded by strengthening the production codes (self-censorship) The Hayes Office
How movies work psychologically
Persistence of Vision
on the retina for a fraction of
a second after the image disappears
create an illusion of motion
Max Wertheimer 1912
goes out… another next to it goes on
Many nations outside the U.S. are increasingly concerned about the proliferation of U.S. films
As a result:
Quotas on how much U.S. films can be shown
Consider your most memorable image of a foreigner in a Hollywood movie.
“Bollywood” is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai based Hindi language film industry.