F/TV 2A: HISTORY OF CINEMA (1895-1950)
De Anza College
Susan Tavernetti, Instructor
FINAL EXAM (150 points total)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015
Bring a Scantron Answer Sheet (#20052; 100 questions/100 pts.) for the in-class
Submit your Take-home essay prompt directly to www.turnitin.com before or on
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No late exams will be accepted!
TAKE-HOME ESSAY FOR FINAL EXAM (50 points)
Do not do research, as your essay should contain YOUR analysis.
Spend no more than two hours writing your essay.
Do not submit a hard copy to me.
Select ONE of the following prompts:
The introduction of sound had a profound impact on all aspects of film history. Cite three
specific examples of dialogue, music and/or effects (D/M/E) from each of the following
films—Hitchcock’s Blackmail, Welles’ Citizen Kane and Reed’s The Third Man—to
discuss the creative, innovative use of sound. Total supporting examples: Nine.
How did Renoir try to communicate through mise en scène aesthetics in Rules of the
Game? Why were Welles and Gregg Toland technically able to use this approach in
Citizen Kane? Discuss one significant scene from each film that depends on Renoir’s
deep space and Welles’ deep-focus approach to communicate visually.
How does one feature—It Happened One Night, The Rules of the Game, Citizen Kane
or The Third Man—reflect sociopolitical issues and film-technology influences at the time
of its release?
Compare Capra’s It Happened One Night with Welles’ Citizen Kane in terms of theme
and narrative structure. In doing so, account for the box-office popularity of the former
feature and the poor showing of the latter, taking into consideration the social and
economic conditions of the times, the Classic Narrative System and viewer expectations.
Although Reed’s The Third Man reflects 50 years of film history, the film also pushes
motion pictures into a new postwar direction. Looking to the past, discuss how German
expressionism influenced the film. Also address how the feature paves a new path for