Flashback A Brief Film History 6th Edition By Giannetti -Test Bank A+

Flashback A Brief Film History 6th Edition By Giannetti -Test Bank A+

Flashback A Brief Film History 6th Edition By Giannetti -Test Bank A+

Flashback A Brief Film History 6th Edition By Giannetti -Test Bank A+

What quality of speech most characterized how actors spoke in early “talkies”?





The gangster movie cycle began with which film?



Little Cesar

Public Enemy

Who first administered the censorious Production Code?

Joseph I. Breen

Will Hays

neither a nor b

both a and b

Which of the following is true of the gangster in gangster movies?

He is poorly educated.

He is incapable of love.

He is a man of the city.

He is incapable of humor.

All of these movies featured guns, cars, and sex except:

Wild Boys of the Road

Public Enemy


Little Caesar

Who was “a musical Eisenstein”?

Howard Hawks

Ernst Lubitsch

Fred Astaire

Busby Berkeley

What replaced the sight gag in comedies when sound was introduced?


fast talk

double entendre

non sequitur

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_____ were “the legitimate descendents of the American iconoclastic tradition.”

The Gold Diggers

Mae West and Cary Grant

The Marx Brothers

none of the above

All of the following are typical examples of a Frank Capra movie except

It Happened One Night

Red River

Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington

The Strong Man

Greta Garbo laughed for the first time on film in which movie?

The Little Foxes

It’s a Wonderful Life

Front Page


What did Mae West possess that made her a “startling apparition”?



great voice

political savvy

What characterizes the film style of William Wyler?

lengthy takes

deep-focus photography

few close-ups

all of the above

Which of the following is true of an Ernst Lubitsch comedy?

it is very realistic

it makes secondary characters the butt of jokes

it is never cold nor brittle

it stays true to traditional comic technique

Who worked as a successful independently produced director?

Howard Hawks

George Cukor

Sam Wood

Mervyn LeRoy

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John Ford’s movies are characterized by which of the following?

visual economy

independent women

loosely structured plots

none of the above

The actor that worked successfully in westerns with both Howard Hawks and John

Ford was

Humphrey Bogart

James Cagney

Clark Gable

John Wayne

All of the following qualities are true of George Cukor’s outstanding, Garbo-starring

film except:

luxurious mise en scène

underplayed acting

careless writing

great performance


(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)

Ernst Lubitsch was the screen’s resident master of the grotesque through the early 1930s. ___

Ben Hecht’s writing was embodied in a dynamic, no-nonsense style which helped define 30s comedy and drama. ___

In a Busby Berkeley movie the star was really the editor, not the actor and not the camera. ___

Fred Astaire used dance as a metaphor for character, courtship, love, and, yes, sex.


The Marx Brothers were more dependent on their writers than quieter, more behavioral comics like Laurel and Hardy. ___

Frank Capra’s movies are morality plays of loss followed by reclamation as can be seen in It’s a Wonderful Life. ___

Musical underscoring is what made bad movies “bad” and, as well, often distracted from the emotion a key moment in a movie. ___

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Bette Davis made her mark as a shy, retiring woman who would surrender her will to stronger characters, especially men. ___

Howard Hawks’s films are characterized by a concise sense of plot, verbal economy, visual economy, and, at their end, triumphant characters. ___

John Ford’s films are full of compositions which are painterly, in-depth, and in deep focus, but whose narrative is often rambling. ___

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Angels with Dirty Faces ___ a. Busby Berkeley’s musical in which

pianos move

Swing Time ___

Mae West puts Cary Grant in his

Scarface ___ place

The Informer ___ c. William Wyler films starring Bette


The Little Foxes ___

Marx Bothers’ surrealistic assault on

Duck Soup ___ order and reason

The Gold Diggers of 1935 ___ e. starred James Cagney, bruised,

without illusions…

Camille ___

George Cukor film starring Greta

It’s a Wonderful Life ___ Garbo and Robert Taylor

She Done Him Wrong ___ g. Frank Capra film starring James


director John Ford’s first critical hit

gangster film written by Ben Hecht, directed by Howard Hawks

starred Fred Astaire, the musical’s


Short Answer

What things did the Production Code prohibit in movies?

What was it that Fred Astaire managed to achieve through his dance musicals in the


What was impossible for director Frank Capra in movies? What was his core


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With what character type was John Ford preoccupied in his movies?

Essay Questions

What did gangster movies generally have in common with the optimistic orientation

of most American movies (that is, until the typical gangster movie reached its bloody


What was the appeal of the American musical, both in technique and story, to American audiences?

What would be the delights and problems with director William Wyler’s excessive attention to detail in making his movies?

In American movies, which is the more powerful thematic impulse: idealism or pragmatism?

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Multiple Choice

Who did not flee Germany with the rise of Adolf Hitler?

Billy Wilder

Fritz Lang

Leni Riefenstahl

Fred Zinnemann

Fritz Lang’s first talkie in German was

The Blue Angel



Triumph of the Will

The Blue Angel is characterized by which of the following:

woman as devourer

man as avenger

love as redemption

all of the above

Britain’s cinema was stunted for many years by which of the following:

country’s lack of a strong economy

dreary conservatism

snobbish, theater-oriented tradition

all of the above

Charles Laughton, the actor, perhaps gave his fines performance in the movie

The Private Life of Henry VIII


The Hunchback of Norte Dame

Night of the Hunter

Who of the following often built movies around an “innocent man on the run” theme?

Michael Powell

Alexander Korda

John Grierson

Alfred Hitchcock

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Alexander Korda’s problem with making his movies — those he produced and directed — was that

he was not a very creative director

he moved from country to country too often

he let too many different people direct his movies

he had tastes which were much too rarefied

Hitchcock in part achieved his films’ effect and success through the influence and use


editing based on the theory of Kuleshov and Pudovkin

German Expressionism

innovations in sound

all of the above

What film did Alfred Hitchcock make in Britain which proved the precursor of later

films like North by Northwest?


The 39 Steps


Number 17

The French admired and paid homage in their surrealist films to

American slapstick comedy as seen in Buster Keaton and Laurel and


Russian masters Pudovkin and Eisenstein

Alfred Hitchcock and Alexander Korda

all of the above

Jean Cocteau made which of the following magical tales?

Beauty and the Beast

The Blood of the Poet

both a and b

neither a and b

If French civilization were destroyed today, what film, according to Richard Roud,

could be used to reconstruct that civilization?

Rules of the Game

Beauty and the Beast

Children of Paradise

none of the above

The New Wave film movement of France most admired which French film director?

Jean Cocteau

Jean Renoir

Marcel Carné

Jacques Prévert

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Who financed his early movies himself using art works?

Marcel Carné

Jean Renoir

Jean Cocteau

Carl Theodore Dreyer

What French film director called for movies which “dealt with life as it was lived in

the streets of Paris”?

Francois Truffaut

Danielle Darrieux

Jacques Prévert

Marcel Carné

In Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir made good use of the talents of

Charlie Chaplin

G. W. Pabst

Erich von Stroheim

Alfred Hitchcock

William Faulkner wrote the script for which of these films which Renoir made in


The Southerner

The Sound and the Fury

Absalom, Absalom

Light in August


(Place a T or an F in the line following the sentence.)

Hitler targeted two areas to condemn and promote his policies: Americans and movies. ___

Marcel Ophüls often examined what he considered the transitory nature of love in movies like La Ronde. ___

British drama was not hampered at all departures of artists like Charlie Chaplin. ___

Alfred Hitchcock regretted that sound entered movies as is clear in Blackmail. ___

Hitchcock’s movies tended to follow a “structure of the Sennett chase, accelerating rush towards a climactic resolution.” ___

Jean Cocteau was pedestrian in his invention of imagery and humor. ___

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A film like Leo McCarey’s Wrong Again is an example of a film much adored by French surrealists. ___

Marcel Carné prefigures film noir. ___

Jean Renoir was interested in preserving and extending his famous father’s reputation as an Impressionistic painter. ___

Silence was better suited to Renoir’s films than sound because of the films’ contemplative and realistic perspectives. ___

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M ___

Marlene Dietrich ___

Rules of the Game ___

Jean Cocteau ___

Children of Paradise ___

Leni Riefenstahl ___

Rembrandt ___

Alfred Hitchcock ___

Jean Gabin ___

Max Ophüls ___ Short Answer

Jean Renoir classic of study of French classes

angels wore black leather Orpheus

German actress turned director

star of Port of Shadows

The Blue Angel star


Fritz Lang’s first talkie

Marcel Carné masterpiece

The Lady Vanishes

Alexander Korda

What sense of fate did Max Ophüls achieve in his use of circular narratives?

What film movement brought Great Britain its first distinctive form of filmmaking and what was its goal?

What quality do Alfred Hitchcock’s American films possess that is lacking in his earlier British films?

What view of life and love do Marcel Carné ’s films like Children of Paradise have? What do his film anticipate?

Essay Questions

Is Leni Riefenstahl’s The Triumph of the Will a documentary or a work of fiction?

How is Marlene Dietrich’s Lola in Josef von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel prototypically a femme fatale?

Was the fabulist/surrealist French film director Jean Cocteau simply ahead of his time in his technique and story development?

Did Marcel Carné make “film noir” movies?

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