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I. American Film: A Short History SMST215-06B American Media Week 31 (August 2) 1888 Thomas Edison develops motion picture camera 1900-1909 competition over technology and patents (Edison and Biograph), By 1909, the USA was the world’s largest film market. Nickelodeon.

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i american film a short history

I. American Film: A Short History

SMST215-06B American Media

Week 31 (August 2)

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1888 Thomas Edison develops motion picture camera
  • 1900-1909 competition over technology and patents (Edison and Biograph), By 1909, the USA was the world’s largest film market. Nickelodeon.
  • 1903 The Great Train Robbery (d. Edwin Porter)
  • 1915 Birth of A Nation (first feature film)
  • 1919 Golden age of silent films begins
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1922 The Hays Office (film censorship)
  • The rise of the film star
  • 1927 The Jazz Singer (‘you ain’t heard nothing yet!). By 1930 virtually all films were ‘talkies’
  • 1928 First Oscars
  • 1933 King Kong
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1939 Gone With The Wind
  • 1941 Citzen Kane
  • 1940-1945 Film as war propaganda
  • 1946 Peak of US box office (90 million Americans go to the movies weekly)
  • 1948 The Paramount Case (dissolving studio/exhibition monopolies)
  • 1948 Television arrives in America
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1950s The rise of the teen audience + sci-fi (Cold War paranoia)

Decline of the studio system.

  • 1960s Films incorporate more sexual and violent content on the big screen. Rise of the art film.
  • 1968 MPAA movie ratings introduced
  • 1970s ‘The New Hollywood’ (rise of the director), The rise of the big-budget ‘block-buster’(Star Wars, Jaws)
  • 1980s VCR for home use; multiplex cinemas
the 1990s
The 1990s
  • 1995 Toy Story. First completely computer-generated film
  • 1997 DVDs introduced
  • 1997 Titanic. Most expensive film ever/highest grossing (single) movie ever
  • ‘prequels’ and ‘sequels’ (Star Wars);re-makes and re-releases; ‘indie’ cinema