Film and Soviet Bloc Nations Essay

1337 Words Jul 24th, 2014 6 Pages
How did the Paramount decision of 1948 change the U.S. film industry? To what degree did the decision alter the way the industry did business?
The Supreme Court ruled against the Hollywood’s monopoly of the film industry of the United States, directing that the production and distribution of movies be separated from movie exhibition practices. The ruling marked the death of studio era and led to numerous changes in film industry decades later. The paramount decision pushed the Twentieth century fox, Big Five studios, MGM, Paramount, RKO and Warner Bros companies to sell some of their theatre chains. The ruling went ahead to outlaw the price discriminatory and purchasing arrangements, fixing of admissions prices, block booking and
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Another factor was the elimination of block booking, which led to the emergency of individual films that proved to be more important than movies produced under block booking era. The third factor was due to the emergency of suburb teenage audience that was intoxicated by the rock ‘n’ roll culture making Hollywood to produce movies which promoted this culture.
The Melodrama film genre was affected negatively since most of moviegoers didn’t like the feelings and emotions that accompanied this genre. A majority of moviegoers were teenagers who enjoyed films that carried rock ‘n’ roll culture.

Pick two of the following directors: Max Ophüls, Jean Renoir, and Jean Cocteau. What were the particularly important or influential qualities of these directors' postwar French films? In what ways did each director use visual style to complement his characteristic thematic or narrative concerns?
The films that were produced by these two directors were so energetic, unconventional and technically daring. Because of this news way of making movies, few people understood their importance. They had an intricate structure that diverted people’s attention from melodrama genres that was deemed boring. Max s Ophuls used visual style that created a sense of fluidity in his staging. On the other hand, jean Renoir used a dramatic-visual technique that revealed his characteristics sensibility and style.

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