American Cinema: Movies and Magic

Author(s): Julia A Brady Jenner

Edition: 4

Copyright: 2022

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American Cinema: Movies and Magic discusses how filmmaking began, industry pioneers and the formulas that led us to the films we’re making now. It’s an appreciation of those who came before us, creating that magic for the films we enjoy today. The text allows students to appreciate film genres, filmmakers and the technique of creating films, from a passionate perspective and with a more conversational writing style.

American Cinema: Movies and Magic:

  • Explains the history of filmmaking and pays tribute to those who created the world of movies
  • Contains chapters organized by genre with an explanation of artists, the film landscape, societal impact, genre formulas and more
  • Describes film as an art form which reveals what each decade was made up of and how film represented that decade including political, social and artistic perspectives

Chapter 1 Silents and Pioneers

The Start of Something Big

The Silents: Trailblazers

Trip to the Moon 1902

The Great Train Robbery 1903

Three Intriguing Early Film Movements

Charlie Chaplin

City Lights 1931

The Studio System

Crew Call: The Magic of Moviemaking

Film Aesthetics and Production

Chapter 2 1930s and Comedy

Romantic and Screwball Comedy

It Happened One Night 1934

Frank Capra 1897–1991

Chapter 3 1940s: Film Noir


Aesthetics of Film Noir

Sunset Boulevard 1950

Billy Wilder 1906–2002

Casablanca 1942

Double Indemnity 1944

Chapter 4 Dramas

What Makes a Drama: The Many Sub- Genres

Life as a House 2001

Chapter 5 The Western

History of the Western

Open Range 2003

The Searchers 1956

Chapter 6 The 1950s and Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy and the 1950s

Pillow Talk 1959

Chapter 7 Foreign Cinema

Early Stylistic Movements

Foreign Film Directors

1950s—French New Wave

Run Lola Run 1998

The Secret of Roan Inish 1994

Chapter 8 The Musical

MGM and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Singin’ In the Rain 1952—MGM

Chicago 2002

Chapter 9 The Art of Costuming

Irene Sharaff

Colleen Atwood

Chapter 10 The Gangster Film

The Gangster Genre and Warner Brothers

A Bronx Tale 1993

The Usual Suspects 1995

Chapter 11 The Horror Genre

History of Horror

Poltergeist 1982

The Sixth Sense 1999

Sleepy Hollow 1999

Bride of Frankenstein 1935

Francis Ford Coppola

Chapter 12 Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Rear Window 1954

North by Northwest 1959

Chapter 13 Science Fiction

Sci- Fi Genre: A Loyal Audience

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004

Chapter 14 The Adventure Genre!

Saturday Matinees and Serials

The Mask of Zorro 1998

Chapter 15 The Documentary and Great Storytelling

Elements of the Documentary

When Angels Smile

Buck: Sundance Audience Award—2011

Man on Wire 2008

Born Into Brothels 2004

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Chapter 16 Independent Cinema

Independents: A New World

Big Fish 2003

The Way Way Back 2013

10 Items Or Less 2006

Smoke Signals 1998

Chapter 17 Oscar Winners

On The Waterfront 1954

Waterfront Crime Commission

Oscar Night

Oscar Winners

The Hurt Locker 2008

Zero Dark Thirty


Comedy Analysis

Film Noir Analysis

The Western Assignment

Musical Assignment

Horror Assignment

Hitchcock Assignment

Science Fiction Analysis

Documentary Assignment


Julia A Brady Jenner

Related ISBN's: 9798765722398




ISBN 9798765722398

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