This exam is in two parts. The first part is multiple choice and answers must be marked on the computer sheet. The second part is an essay question. The essay must be written in one or more blue books. Be sure to write your name at the top of the computer sheet and on all of your bluebooks.
Part I. Multiple Choice (30 minutes)
Circle the letter (a, b, c, or d) with the best answer on your examination sheets. Then mark the corresponding letter on the computer sheet.
Who was the first head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association?
The role of _____ in The Hurt Locker was played by Jeremy Renner.
Which of the following studios was an early adopter of sound technology for talking pictures?
If the negative costs of a new film are around $60 million, what are the likely promotion and distribution costs for that film?
prevent further censorship on the part of state and local governments
break the iron grip of Thomas Edison over the film industry
Where do movie theaters make most of their profits?
Payments from movie studios
Showing ads before films
Which character in The Battle of Algiers is a petty thief who becomes a committed revolutionary?
Ali La Pointe
One of the tactics that Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee used was to force people to _______ in order to avoid contempt charges and possible prison sentences.
read books by J. Edgar Hoover
Why was it difficult for the French to discover the names of the leaders the National Liberation Front (FLN)?
The French did not speak Arabic.
Members of the FLN only knew the names of two other members.
FLN members did not reveal names when tortured.
They did not think that the FLN would use women as operatives.
What is one of the main reasons why the studios like to cast established stars in movies?
It reduces the cost of production.
It takes some of the risk out of investing in a film.
Stars own most of the studios.
The stars are under restrictive contracts that they cannot break.
A majority of Americans favored the war in Vietnam until ____, but after that date a majority wanted to end it.
What Congressional hearings marked the end of the McCarthy era?
Civil rights act
Un-American Activities Committee
Which of the following directors was not one of the movie brats of the 1970s and 1980s?
Francis Ford Coppola
RKO delayed the release of Citizen Kane because of pressure from _______.
J. Edgar Hoover
the Production Code Administration
William Randolph Hearst
In guerrilla warfare, ___________.
the distinction between combatants and civilians is sometimes blurred
both sides are equally matched in terms of technology
guerrillas wear uniforms that make it easy to identify them
only men do the fighting
Part II. Choose one essay (30 minutes). Write your essay in blue books.
According to Christensen and Haas, “historically, political forces have had a profound impact on the making of films.” (page ix) Do you agree with this statement? Use historical examples to support your arguments.
According to Professor Hart, technological change has had a major impact on the film industry. Do you agree? Use historical examples to support your arguments.
Compare and contrast the directorial styles of two of the following directors based on the films we have seen so far: 1) Orson Welles, 2) Stanley Kubrick, 3) Francis Ford Coppola, 4) Gillo Pontecorvo, and 5) Kathryn Bigelow. What methods did these directors adopt to handle the political content of their films? Who did you think was most successful and why?
We saw three films this semester that dealt with American foreign policy during the Cold War: Dr. Strangelove, Apocalypse Now, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Two films dealt primarily with terrorism: The Battle of Algiers and The Hurt Locker. Are the two topics related to each other? In your essay, say why you think they are or are not related.