History Of Motion Pictures Final Review

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following is not one of the elements contained in the continuity, according to Jason Staiger?
    • A. 

      The entire cost of the film, which is analyzed in a standard accounting format.

    • B. 

      A cast of characters that lists the roles for the story.

    • C. 

      A list of all intertitles and an indication as to where they are to be inserted in the final print.

    • D. 

      The script itself. Each scene is numbered consecutively and its location is given.

    • E. 

      A detail shooting schedule, complete with calendar dates and start times.

    • F. 

      A location page that lists all exterior and interior sites along with their scene numbers.

    • G. 

      A one-page synopsis.

    • H. 

      A cover page indicating who wrote the scenario, who directed the shooting, when shooting began and ended, when the film was shipped to the distributors, and when the film was released.

  • 2. 
    The Kinetograph set many permanent standards for motion picture cameras. Which of the following did not go on to become a standard in the industry?
    • A. 

      35mm film

    • B. 

      48fps

    • C. 

      4 sprocket hole

  • 3. 
    German Expression is principally concerned with realism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The Great Train Robbery is notable both for its use of cross-cutting and for its use of simple pans and tilts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    ... was the first film to spur a public out-cry and calls for censorship but was, nevertheless, extremely popular with audiences.
    • A. 

      The Birth of a Nation for its blatant racism.

    • B. 

      The Kiss for its scandalous on-screen sensuality.

    • C. 

      Boxing Cats for its abhorrent treatment of animals.

    • D. 

      Battleship Potemkin for its unfettered violence.

  • 6. 
    Carl Mayer is principally known for his contributions to Kammerspielfilm.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Eadward Muybridge invented a photographic gun capable of rapidly exposing twelve images onto a circular glass plate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    In which system of production management did the continuity script emerge as a tool through which the costs of production could be controlled?
    • A. 

      Cameraman System

    • B. 

      Director System

    • C. 

      Director-Unit System

    • D. 

      Central Producer System

  • 9. 
    This filmmaker was very innovative with his use of special effects but never recognized the limitations of his theatrical staging.
    • A. 

      Birt Acres

    • B. 

      Louis Lumiere

    • C. 

      W. K. L. Dickson

    • D. 

      D. W. Griffith

    • E. 

      Dziga Vertov

    • F. 

      George Melies

    • G. 

      Edwin S. Porter

  • 10. 
    Who discovered the editing principle upon which montage theory is based?
    • A. 

      D. W. Griffith.

    • B. 

      Sergei Eisenstein.

    • C. 

      Dziga Vertov.

    • D. 

      Vsevolod Pudovkin.

    • E. 

      Lev Kuleshov.

  • 11. 
    ... was the first copyrighted film in the U.S.
    • A. 

      Fred Ott's Sneeze.

    • B. 

      Monkeyshines.

    • C. 

      The Kiss.

    • D. 

      Workers Leaving the Factory.

    • E. 

      Dickson Greeting.

  • 12. 
    ... is the first true motion picture camera.
    • A. 

      Mutoscope

    • B. 

      Vitagraph

    • C. 

      Kinetoscope

    • D. 

      Cinematographe

    • E. 

      Vitascope

    • F. 

      Kinetographe

  • 13. 
    ... was the first copyrighted film in the U.S.
    • A. 

      Fred Ott's Sneeze

    • B. 

      Monkeyshines

    • C. 

      The Kiss

    • D. 

      Workers Leaving the Factory

    • E. 

      Dickson Greeting

  • 14. 
    Which form of montage, according to Eisenstein, "is distinguishable from tonal montage by the collective calculation of all the piece's appeals"?
    • A. 

      Intellectual

    • B. 

      Overtonal

    • C. 

      Metric

    • D. 

      Rhythmic

  • 15. 
    The dramatic improvement in image quality between Monkeyshines and Dickson Greeting is due primarily to:
    • A. 

      A higher frame rate

    • B. 

      A better camera lens

    • C. 

      Shifting from a cylindar system to Kodak system

    • D. 

      Shifting from 70mm to 35mm

  • 16. 
    According to Tom Gunning, the defining characteristic of the cinema of attractions is:
    • A. 

      Narrative

    • B. 

      Realism

    • C. 

      Intellectualism

    • D. 

      Exhibitionism

  • 17. 
    ... applied Taylor’s scientific management theories to film production and created the continuity script.
    • A. 

      Sennett

    • B. 

      Edison

    • C. 

      Acres

    • D. 

      Ince

    • E. 

      Griffith

  • 18. 
    According Eisenstein himself, Strike compares the deaths of striking workers to the slaughter of cattle for what purposes?
    • A. 

      To avoid overacting among the extras

    • B. 

      To excise from such a serious scene the inevitable falseness that results from staged death scenes.

    • C. 

      The extract the maximum effect of bloody horror

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    What invention (the patent for which is eventually purchased by Biograph) helped usher in an era of longer films?
    • A. 

      Mutoscope

    • B. 

      Vitascope

    • C. 

      Latham Loop

    • D. 

      Nickelodeon

    • E. 

      Persistence of Vision

    • F. 

      Montage

  • 20. 
    Phi Phenomena causes the human brain to see movement between two static images.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    When viewing a sequence of static images, the human brain perceives the illusion of movement at:
    • A. 

      24 fps

    • B. 

      16 fps

    • C. 

      70 fps

    • D. 

      48 fps

  • 22. 
    The climactic conclusion of The Birth of a Nation depicts the KKK riding to the rescue of former slaves being attacked by Reconstructionists.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    To what does "it" refer in the following sentence by Bazin: "That it implies, consequently, both a more active mental attitude on the part of the spectator and a more positive contribution on his part to the action in progress."
    • A. 

      Deep focus cinematography

    • B. 

      Silent film

    • C. 

      Montage filmmaking

    • D. 

      Sound film

  • 24. 
    Who was the first true "celebrity" movie star, known to the public by his or her real name?
    • A. 

      Florence Lawrence

    • B. 

      Buster Keaton

    • C. 

      Charlie Chaplin

    • D. 

      Al Jolson

    • E. 

      Mary Picford

  • 25. 
    U.S. vs. Universal is a 1948 Supreme Court case that lead to the end of the studio system.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 26. 
    Some form of synchronized sound pictures dates back to the early work of Edison and Dickson.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 27. 
    Charlie Chaplin founded the Keystone studio, famous for the “Keystone Kops”. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    Vertical integration refers to a studio controlling distribution and exhibition of its films.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS has no dialogue because it was released before the introduction of synchronized sound in Hollywood.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 30. 
    Phonofilm ...
    • A. 

      Was Edison's sound system that connected the projector to a phonograph via a system of pulleys.

    • B. 

      Was the sound-on-film system created by Lee De Forest.

    • C. 

      Was the sound-on-disc system used to create THE JAZZ SINGER.

  • 31. 
    Color TINTING involves dipping an already developed positive print into dye that colors the darker portions of the image.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 32. 
    Which film is notable for its spare dialogue and action sequences shot silently with sound effects added in post?
    • A. 

      M

    • B. 

      King Kong

    • C. 

      All Quiet on the Western Front

    • D. 

      The Lights of New York

    • E. 

      Wizard of Oz

  • 33. 
    ... is considered the first ALL-TALKING feature film.
    • A. 

      The Lights of New York

    • B. 

      The Jazz Singer

    • C. 

      All Quiet on the Western Front

    • D. 

      Don Juan

    • E. 

      City Lights

  • 34. 
    Which film is notable for utilizing a subtle sound element (whistling) to drive a major plot development?
    • A. 

      The Lights of New York

    • B. 

      Gone With the Wind

    • C. 

      M

    • D. 

      King Kong

    • E. 

      All Quiet on the Western Front

  • 35. 
    In 1913, Edison introduced a synchronized sound system that connected the projector with a phonograph via a system of pulleys. He called this system:
    • A. 

      Vitagraph

    • B. 

      Movietone

    • C. 

      Kinetophone

    • D. 

      Vitaphone

  • 36. 
    Chaplin's "Tramp" character is best known for his steady, unshakable demeanor in the face of every obstacle. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 37. 
    Which of the following is not a major stylistic mark of CITIZEN KANE?
    • A. 

      Shallow focus

    • B. 

      Low angle shots

    • C. 

      Fractured narrative

    • D. 

      Impressive sound design

    • E. 

      Stark contrast in lighting

  • 38. 
    Warner Bros. used this sound-on-disc system to produce THE JAZZ SINGER.
    • A. 

      Movietone

    • B. 

      Kinetophone

    • C. 

      Phonofilm

    • D. 

      Vitaphone

  • 39. 
    HUAC was the self-censoring body for the Hollywood studios, in charge of enforcing the Motion Picture Production Code. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 40. 
    What is the name of the company Chaplin started with fellow celebrities Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith?
    • A. 

      Triangle

    • B. 

      RKO

    • C. 

      Keystone

    • D. 

      United Artists

    • E. 

      MGM

  • 41. 
    In which film does the protagonist daydream about stepping up onto the screen and becoming part of a movie?
    • A. 

      City Lights

    • B. 

      The General

    • C. 

      Man With a Movie Camera

    • D. 

      The Jazz Singer

    • E. 

      Sherlock, Jr.

  • 42. 
    From 1924-25, Hitchcock served as an art director for which organization?
    • A. 

      SCAP

    • B. 

      Ufa

    • C. 

      United Artists

    • D. 

      Cinecitta

  • 43. 
    Who co-wrote Breathless and first advocated for auteur theory in his essay, "A Certain Tendency in the French Cinema"?
    • A. 

      Truffaut

    • B. 

      Zavattini

    • C. 

      Godard

    • D. 

      Bazin

  • 44. 
    Identify the source of this statement: "Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing. This script portrays such human beings -- the kind who cannot survive without lies to make them feel they are better people than they really are."
    • A. 

      Zavattini discussing the script for Bicycle Theives

    • B. 

      Kurosawa discusses Roshomon

    • C. 

      Truffaut discussing his script for Breathless

    • D. 

      Hitchcock discussing Vertigo

  • 45. 
    Bicycle Thieves, directed by Roberto Rossellini within months after the Allied liberation of Rome, inspired the beginning of the neorealist movement.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 46. 
    Hitchcock's leading ladies were typically emotionally warm, morally pure brunettes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 47. 
    In which film does Hitchcock use the closing image of a train entering a tunnel as a symbol for sex?
    • A. 

      Vertigo

    • B. 

      North by Northwest

    • C. 

      Rebecca

    • D. 

      Psycho

  • 48. 
    Which of the following is not a major trait of Hitchcock’s work?
    • A. 

      Encouraging a collaborative “method” style of performance from his actors

    • B. 

      Appearing in a small cameo role

    • C. 

      Chronological shooting

    • D. 

      Detailed screenplays and storyboards

  • 49. 
    Which foreign filmmaker is well known for having been influenced by classic Westerns and subsequently influenced future films in that genre?
    • A. 

      Vittorio De Sica

    • B. 

      FW Murnau

    • C. 

      Akira Kurosawa

    • D. 

      Roberto Rosselini

    • E. 

      Alfred Hitchcock

  • 50. 
    Most of the French New Wave directors began as filmmakers first and later became film critics.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 51. 
    Which film first brought international attention to Japanese cinema by winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film?
    • A. 

      Yojimbo

    • B. 

      Roshomon

    • C. 

      Hidden Fortress

    • D. 

      Seven Samuri

  • 52. 
    Cahiers du Cinéma is ...
    • A. 

      A French café noted for screening underground films

    • B. 

      A journal of film criticism founded by Bazin

    • C. 

      The Italian state film

    • D. 

      A movie studio in Rome

  • 53. 
    Which filmmaker learned lighting and staging from Murnau while visiting the set of The Last Laugh?
    • A. 

      De Sica

    • B. 

      Fellini

    • C. 

      Kurosawa

    • D. 

      Hitchcock

  • 54. 
    Cinecittà is the name of an enormous state-funded film studio in Rome. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 55. 
    Which Hitchcock film marked his American debut and won him the Best Picture Oscar?
    • A. 

      Rebecca

    • B. 

      The 39 Steps

    • C. 

      Blackmail

    • D. 

      The Lady Vanishes

  • 56. 
    In which film does Hitchcock make careful use of montage editing in order to side-step production code rules on the depiction of nudity and extreme violence?
    • A. 

      North by Northwest

    • B. 

      Psycho

    • C. 

      Rope

    • D. 

      Vertigo

  • 57. 
    This important neorealist film theorist was also the screenwriter of Bicycle Thieves.
    • A. 

      Federico Fellini

    • B. 

      Roberto Rossellini

    • C. 

      Vittrio De Sica

    • D. 

      Cesare Zavattini

  • 58. 
    Which of the following is not one of Cesare Zavattini’s principles of neorealism:
    • A. 

      Represent the political and economic conditions of the working class.

    • B. 

      Shoot on location when possible with untrained actors.

    • C. 

      Show the unvarnished reality of life.

    • D. 

      Narrative coincidence and open endings.

    • E. 

      Avoid mundane aspects of life.

  • 59. 
    Rossellini's Rome, Open City was stylistically influenced by silent cinema and modern art.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False