DTC 208 Timeperiod Presentations

Each student will be assigned a timeperiod and a historical focus to present on in an effort to communally connect together the different eras of film we will be studying.

Presentations should be about 10 minutes in length and include:

  • At least 2 film clips, but it can be no more than 3 minutes total;
  • At least 2 additional quality out-of-class sources written up in the MLA Annotated Bibliography format (turn these in on Blackboard);
  • A clear interpretation of history using your assigned focus (biographical, artistic/aesthetic, economic, technical, or social/cultural).

PowerPoints are not required, but if you do create a visual presentation of some sort, please turn it in on Blackboard with your bibliography.

Suggested topics are below. If you wish to explore something else related to cinema in your timeperiod please clear it with Ruth before you start researching.

1910s/1920s

  • D.W. Griffith
  • Race Films
  • Oscar Micheaux
  • Warner Brothers
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Introduction of Sound
  • World War I
  • Move to Hollywood
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Mary Pickford
  • Walt Disney
  • Benshi
  • Oscars
  • Golden Age of Cinema Theaters
  • Hollywood Star System
  • George Melies
  • Patent Wars
  • United Artists
  • Thomas Edison
  • “The Jazz Singer”

1930s/1940s

  • Guilds (Screen Actors Guild, Director’s Guild, etc)
  • Golden Age of Hollywood
  • Hays Code
  • Hollywood Blacklist
  • Hollywood 10
  • Ronald Reagan
  • World War II
  • Frank Capra
  • Dorothy Arzner
  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • John Ford
  • Hollywood Studio System
  • Warner Brothers
  • Introduction of Synchronized Sound
  • Popularization of Color Film
  • Women’s Films
  • Margaret Booth
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • The Depression
  • Mae West
  • John Wayne

1950s/1960s

  • Popularization of TV
  • Film Gimmicks (Smell-o-Vision, Cinerama, 3D, etc.)
  • Teen Films
  • Drive-Ins
  • French New Wave
  • Direct Cinema
  • 16mm Film/8mm
  • Art House Cinema
  • Rise of Film Studies in Colleges
  • Film Ratings System
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Ousmane Sembène
  • George Romero
  • Edith Head
  • Method Acting
  • Musicals
  • Westerns
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Red Scare
  • Beach Films

1970s/1980s

  • Advent of Blockbusters
  • Steven Speilberg
  • Martin Scorcese
  • Road Films
  • Studio Ghibli
  • Hollywood Renaissance
  • Blaxsploitation
  • Cable Television
  • VHS/Betamax
  • Media Consolidation
  • Indian Cinema/Bollywood
  • Nora Ephron
  • “Heaven’s Gate”
  • THX Sound System
  • Errol Morris
  • Sherry Lansing
  • Roger Corman
  • Revisionist Westerns
  • Mel Brooks
  • High Concept Films
  • “Star Wars”

1990s/2000s

  • Nigerian Cinema/Nollywood
  • Rise of Digital Cinema
  • Independent Film
  • Multiplex Cinema Theaters
  • State Film Production Incentives/Hollywood Flight
  • Kevin Smith
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Spike Lee
  • Pixar
  • Computer Generated Imagery
  • Miramax
  • Digital Projectors
  • Women in Film and Television
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Superhero Film Genre
  • 360 Degree Cameras
  • Computer Generated Imagery
  • Katheryn Bigelow
  • Sophia Coppola
  • “Titanic”
  • Direct to Video/DVD
  • “The Blair Witch Project”
  • “The Matrix”