The Silent Era • What efforts were made to control the industry during the silent era? • Why were they successful or not successful? • When & why did the CHC style become established in Hollywood? • What is the most important aspect of style for Hollywood films? • How can we see the development of this element of style in silent films? • How may we account for the diversity among Hollywood films during the late silent era?
The Silent Era • What different types of films were made during this period, & why? • What sorts of models did Hollywood use in constructing narratives? • How did these models change? • How can we see the effects of these models in the films themselves?
The Studio Era • Why was the introduction of sound delayed for so long? • What brought it about? • What changes to the industry did sound bring about? • What changes to films themselves? • How did the studio system work? • What was the place of movies stars in the studio system? • How did the studio system affect films themselves?
The Post-WW2 Era • What changes took place in the American film industry in the years from the end of WW 2 to the late 1950s? • What legal, industrial & social changes took place? • What were their effects on the industry? • What were their effects on the films themselves? • How & why did film genres change?
Contemporary Hollywood • In what ways have production, distribution & exhibition changed in the contemporary era? • What is the status of the major studios today? • How is the industry organized? • In what ways has this industry organization affected movies themselves?
Regulation in theAmerican Film Industry • What factors led to regulation of the film industry? • What forms did it take? • In what ways did it change, & why? • How did it affect films themselves?
New Technologies • How, why, & when does Hollywood adopt new technologies? • In what specific ways can we see the adoption of new technologies in films? • How do these technologies affect the films themselves?
Persistence of the Mode • The Industry • The Hollywood studios have maintained control of the American film industry for almost 100 years • How have they accomplished this? • Have the ways in which they have maintained this control changed over the years? • How has the industry responded to challenges of all kinds?
Persistence of the Mode • The CHC Style • The CHC style has dominated American film for almost 100 years • Why has it maintained this dominance? • Has the style changed? If so, in what ways, & why?
Alternatives to the CHC • Are there Hollywood films that “stretch” the limits of the mode? • In what ways do they do this? • Why do they do this?