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  1950s Oz film
Film definitely was not as important to the Menzies government, as it was to its predecessors but that does not mean the government was not interested in organising and maintaining definitions of "the Australian." Rather it is a matter of Australianist identifications and ideologies being inculcated and articulated in and through other arenas.
Fourth, there is the 1950s film and TV output of Charles Chauvel with its singular ideology of location (addressed extensively by Cunningham in "Chauvel, The Last Decade" and the Aboriginal novelist Colin Johnson in "Chauvel and the Centering of the Aboriginal Male").
In this new discourse of film appreciation, feature films were seen not only as the creative expression of their makers—usually directors, but also as "the distinctive art form of our generation." [note 37] Film's task was to express not to inform or enlighten.
wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au /ReadingRoom/film/1950s.html   (10999 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: 1940 in film
Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general.
Not present in the novel or the screenplay is a tacked-on ending in the film that optimistically and sentimentally affirms the strength and human dignity of the individual spirit.
The film's themes include the central importance of the family, the suffering and oppression of the farmers, the hollowness of the American Dream, the display of human dignity and spirit in the face of adversity, and issues of social and economic justice.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/1940-in-film   (3420 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: 1952 in film
Years in film January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
Isabella Rossellini, 1990 Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini, born in Rome on June 18, 1952, is a model and an actress, daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
The film is set in Paris in the late 19th century, following artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the city's bohemian sub-culture in and around the burlesque palace, the Moulin Rouge.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/1952-in-film   (2514 words)

  1950s in film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Films of the 1950s were of a broad scope and wide variety.
Using the strength of film production, they used a more broad and vast scope in presenting their films through widescreen and big-approach methods, such as Cinemascope, VistaVision, and Cinerama as well as gimmicks like 3-D film.
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock was at the peak of his craft with films such as Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, and North by Northwest with James Stewart starring in three.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/1950s_in_film   (550 words)

 Fantasy film - 1950s - Cinema: History of Cinema
In the 1950's there were a few major fantasy films, including Darby O'Gill and the Little People and The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, the latter penned by Dr.
Three other notable pictures from the 1950s that feature fantastic elements and are sometimes classified as fantasy are: Harvey (1950), featuring a púca of Celtic mythology; Scrooge, the 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol; and Ingmar Bergman's 1957 masterpiece, The Seventh Seal.
There were also a number of low budget fantasies produced in the 1950s, typically based on Greek or Arabian legend.
www.horrorcrime.com /fantasy_cinema_generale/fantasy_film_6.asp   (277 words)

 Goethe-Institut Fantasy Worlds and Realism - Dossier Heimat Film
In the 1950s the heimat films presented a portrait of the epoch, as it were, in a kind of negative.
In the 1950s, its role was all the more important due to the fact that the ruins left by the Second World War were being cleared away, and the nation had embarked on a building spree: department stores, high-rise buildings, owner-occupied homes.
The heimat films of the fifties are in any case a fascinating subject: for the pleasure which they brought to large audiences – and still do – as also for the critical distance required in order to understand their enmeshment with the zeitgeist.
www.goethe.de /kue/flm/dos/hei/en165229.htm   (931 words)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : 1950s   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
1920s 1930s 1940s - 1950s - 1960s 1970s 1980s
The 1950s were also marked with a rapid rise in conflict with the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union that would heighten the Cold War to an unprecedented level which would include the Arms Race, Space Race, McCarthyism, and Korean War.
The rise of Suburbia as well as the growing conflict with the East are the two generally accepted reasons for the conservative domination of this decade.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /1950s   (635 words)

 TABB - Tuebingen Archive of Black British Film and Television   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This film is about four cases of deaths in police custody.The film concentrates on four men and women who died from injuries received while being arrested by Metropolitan Police officers in different parts of London in the 1990s.
The film is set in the summer of 1977, the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and a time when British fls began to define a style and culture of their own.
Filmed in Handsworth (Birmingham) during and after the riots of 1985, it also uses extensive newsreel footage and archival material, ranging from shots of colonial labour through to images of Caribbean/Asian settlement.
www.uni-tuebingen.de /tabb/festival/films.html   (5776 words)

 Yale > Film Studies > Course Listing
Exploration of ways in which traditional genres and alternative film forms establish or subvert convention in expectation, thematic and ideological concerns, narrative containment and excess, the representation of the body, the use of music and voice, and the construction of space in the cinema.
Films are considered in a matrix of African American film history, feminist film theory, and legacies of fl feminist writing.
A study of film noir as a genre of American commercial cinema in relation to the social and cultural history of the United States in the 1940s and 1950s.
www.yale.edu /filmstudiesprogram/courselisting.html   (2500 words)

 The Film Asylum - Dark Star film review
The film’s greatest sequence, one that is both hilarious and extremely tense has one of the crew chasing the pesky alien into an elevator shaft (treating it like a pet dog) and gets himself into one helluva pickle.
Look, the film is very much rough around the edges in terms of its technical aspects (Carpenter‘s minimalist score is good, though), and is an extremely uneven film overall.
When this film was expanded to feature length, the actors involved had different hairstyles from the ones they had in college, and thus had to revert to their old hair length.
www.thefilmasylum.com /reviews/darkstar/darkstar.htm   (1038 words)

 Kinoeye | Polish film: How female directors portray women
In her film, Holland concentrates on the separateness and individuality of the female subject and attempts to present her individual world through her personal history, experience, feelings, thoughts and also her social status, the cultural and political contexts.
She remains an ordinary woman struggling with a cruel reality—a fact that causes the film to be an important voice in the discussion about the cinematic image of the Polish woman, proving that it does not have to be uncritical repetition of schematic constructs.
The film Nic (Nothing, 1998) by Dorota Kędzierzawska was inspired by the authentic story of a woman who killed her new born child because her beloved husband did not want to be a father for the fourth time.
www.kinoeye.org /02/06/radkiewicz06.php   (2511 words)

 1950s in film at AllExperts
Films of the 1950s were of a broad scope and wide variety.
Using the strength of film production, they used a more broad and vast scope in presenting their films through widescreen and big-approach methods, such as Cinemascope, VistaVision, and Cinerama as well as gimmicks like 3-D film.
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock was at the peak of his craft with films such as Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, and North by Northwest with James Stewart starring in three.
en.allexperts.com /e/0/1950s_in_film.htm   (634 words)

 1950s Horror Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Film director John Carpenter presents a short bio of the actor best-known for his appearances in war films, westerns, and horror films of the 1950s.
Horror film is an increasingly visible topic of research, as demonstrated by these two...
In film, the horror genre is characterized by the attempt to make the viewer experience dread, fear, terror, disgust or horror.
www.bloodsoaked.net /1950s-horror-film.html   (273 words)

 An ode to 1950s cinema
The film is set in the Hindi film industry of the time.
In the film he depicts how relationships become problematic when two talented people -- a director and an actor -- are involved with each other.
The film is about spirited, bohemian people who put their personal wealth and studios at stake to make films.
rediff.com /movies/2006/oct/03bahut.htm   (530 words)

 screenonline: British Film in the 1950s
After the creative energy of the late 1940s (often seen as a Golden Age), British films had become to some observers timid, complacent, and, thematically and stylistically, as conservative as the country's political complexion.
More recently, however, such films have been seen as part of a distinctive genre - the British equivalent of the American Western - that offers illuminating observations on British values, emotions and notions of heroism and masculinity.
Tourneur was one of a number of directors from abroad who enriched British cinema during the 1950s.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/1147086/index.html   (965 words)

 1950s in film Summary
American Documentary in the 1950s JACK C. ELLIS American documentary can be thought of as a child of the Depression that came of age during World War II.
Films of the 1950s were of a broad scope and wide variety.
Using the strength of film production, they used a more broad and vast scope in presen...
www.bookrags.com /1950s_in_film   (190 words)

 Timeline of Influential Milestones and Turning Points in Film History
Herein is a detailed timeline of the key film milestones, important turning points, and significant historical dates or events (organized by decade) that have had a significant influence on the world body of cinema and shaped its development.
Film theater attendance drastically declined due to the rise of television.
It proved to be a major hit film (grossing $6 million) despite its lack of a seal of approval.
www.filmsite.org /milestones1950s.html   (1509 words)

Films shot by individuals and firms, and restricted to their private consumption are not included in these figures.
The Indian film archives, the largest non-western repository, is also among the most notorious at preservation; less than 10% of all films made before 1931 (some estimate as low as 1%) of Indian films still exist.
Indian films, a very large segment of the yearly film copy market, have an average of 300 prints in circulation per film because of the much larger size of cinema viewing halls, and the lack of "multiplexes" for shows on several screens.
www2.sims.berkeley.edu /research/projects/how-much-info-2003/photo.htm   (3952 words)

 Materials for Students: Writing in the Humanities: Writing about Film
Film is so familiar and so prevalent in our lives that we are often lulled into passive viewing (at worst) or into simple entertainment (at best).
All films have distribution and release histories: some films are released to different generations of audiences, to wildly different responses; other films are banned because they threaten certain cultural values.
Other films are not overtly political, but they still promote certain values: Mary Poppins, for example, argues for the idea that fathers need to take a more active interest in their families.
www.dartmouth.edu /~writing/materials/student/humanities/film.shtml   (4014 words)

 Harvard Film Archive: Les Années Noires: French Film During the Occupation, Part 2
The films for this series were selected by renowned filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier, who will join us on Saturday, March 8, for a discussion of the films of this period and a screening of Safe Conduct, his new film that focuses on the French film industry of the 1940s.
Despite these flourishes, the film fits well into the Bressonian canon for its exploration of the darker side of human nature, particularly evident in the reserved performance of Maria Casarès as the quietly vengeful socialite who exudes a frank sexuality atypical of many of the films of the period.
The two figures provide the film with an apt moral ambiguity as they struggle, alternately, with their complicity and resistance to the German occupiers and create a delicate narrative balance that is played out in the contrast between Aurenche’s free-wheeling womanizing and Devaivre’s compromised loyalty to family and country.
www.harvardfilmarchive.org /calendars/03marapr/france.htm   (820 words)

 Typotheque: Taking Credit: Film title sequences, 1955-1965 / 2 Introduction by Emily King
From the mid 1950s until the late 1960s there was a vogue among mainstream movie-makers for opening films with title sequences that were related in style to fashionable static graphic design.
In 1945 143 films made by independents were shown in the United States, in 1955 independents released 177 movies and in 1965 releases by independents outnumbered those by the major studios by 118.
In 1945 the film industry took 23.6% of the dollars spent in the United States on recreation while in 1955 it took only 7.3%, So while on average corporate profits in the United States flourished, box office receipts were falling and all film-makers experienced hard times.
www.typotheque.com /articles/taking_credit:_film_title_sequences_1955-1965_/_2_introduction   (2598 words)

 Emily Kimble
The narrator in the film explains that women are intended to be "festive" looking because they "owe" it to the men of the family to look rested, relaxed, and attractive at dinner time.
The father in the film is a perfect example of the elegant man who remains distant from the domestic atmosphere at the dinner table.
From the preparations for dinner to the meal itself, there are clear gender divisions shown in the 1950s film "A Date with Your Family." This postwar production shows the father as breadwinner of the family while the mother is seen in the domestic sphere, mainly cooking for her family.
www.wcupa.edu /_ACADEMICS/sch_cas.ENG/Kimblegender.htm   (1226 words)

 Digital History
Based on the game-show scandals of the 1950s, when TV quiz shows were rigged to attract higher ratings, this film tells the story of Charles Van Doren, who comes from a prominent intellectual family and who receives answers to the questions on the quiz show Twenty-One.
The film version of the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, which was the first to integrate song and storyline, also was a pioneer in the effort to create musicals from distinctly American traditions.
One of the first films to deal with anti-Japanese prejudice, this film stars Spencer Tracy as a one-armed returning veteran who arrives in a small town with a medal for the father of a Japanese-American comrade.
www.digitalhistory.uh.edu /resource_guides/content_additional.cfm?tpc=28   (691 words)

 Zeek: Film: Far From Heaven: Excavating Paradise
Todd Haynes' new film Far from Heaven moves from his 1995 dissection of 1980s west coast suburbia in Safe to an excavation of social mores of Connecticut in the 1950s.
Such an event would be unremarkable in most current films, impossible in the films of the 1950s.
This is the main stylistic turn of Haynes' film: to address those aspects of 1950s life that Sirk and his contemporaries could not show, but to do so in their own highly developed cinematic language.
www.zeek.net /film_0301.htm   (411 words)

 Film Noir Thrillers at Brian's Drive-In Theater   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Joan Bennett was the queen of film noir in the 1940s, playing the femme fatale in such films as Scarlett Street, The Woman in the Window, and Highway Dragnet.
Scott Brady was a film noir favorite in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in Port of New York, I Was a Shoplifter, and Undercover Girl.
Film noir staple Alan Ladd starred in many crime dramas in the 1940s and 1950s, including some features that defined the film noir genre, such as The Glass Key, The Blue Dahlia, and This Gun for Hire.
www.briansdriveintheater.com /filmnoir.html   (1010 words)

 FilM StudieS: CourseS : NationaL CinemaS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This course considers a selection of those films from a variety of generic, stylistic, and (especially) cultural perspectives.
Films made in the U.S. have portrayed Brazil as a giddy carnival where people in outrageous costumes dance wildly in the streets.
Films screened for the course will display the immense range of topics and styles in Brazilian filmmaking: from the bleak neorealist view of slum children in Pixote to the sex comedy Dona Flor and Her Tw Husbands.
www.ric.edu /filmstudies/sub.natcin.html   (336 words)

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