Define each word/term, tell me about the background and example of the word/term.

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Define each word/term, tell me about the background and example of the word/term.


Georges Melies (1861-1938)

Cross cutting


The Big Five studios of the 20th century


Motion Picture Patents Company

Golden Age (of film)


Star System (movie stars)

Talent agents

exhibition license

film distribution


feature filmmaking

German expressionist cinema

film noir

French New Wave

Italian neorealism

Spaghetti Westerns


Samurai cinema


Rashomon effect


Hays Code

Motion Pictures Ratings System (MPAA)



Ensemble Casts

Nielsen ratings

Sweep weeks

Situation comedies


Soap Operas

Reality television

Additional Exercise

Find a video on YouTube about the history of film and one on the history of television. Write about something in the two videos that was insightful and new to you. Two to three paragraphs each (well written, excellent grammar).

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School: Rice University

Hello, I have clearly answered all the parts of your question. Furthermore, I have attached links for the two YouTube videoes in the second part of your assignment.



Definition of terms, Origin of Films and Origin of Television
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1. Genres; These are defined as styles or categories of music, art or literature. The main examples of
genres comprise of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.
2. Georges Melies (1861-1938): as per the studies, he was a French illusionist and film director who
served as a leader for most technical and narrative developments in the past. He was defined to be
a prolific innovator by use of special effects as well as multiple exposures (Thompson, 1996).
3. Cross cutting: this is defined as an editing technique used in films production to establish action
or events occurring at the same time and place. In other words, it ensures simultaneity of these two
events. It describes two events happening continuously and simultaneously (Thompson, 1996).
4. Nickelodeons: Nickelodeon is defined as the first type of indoor-exhibition space which focused
on showing projected motion-pictures (Griffith & Mayer, 1974). Usually nickelodeon is set up in
form of converted-storefronts. This was in form of simple theaters which were charged at five
5. The Big Five studios of the 20th century: This shows a list of film studio companies which were
largest during the century: These studios comprised of: Fox, RKO Pictures, Paramount-Pictures,
Warner-Bros., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Griffith & Mayer, 1974).
6. Oligopoly: Is a form of market dominated by a small number of sellers. When sellers are less
demand of goods and services goes high. As a result, prices of goods and services increase.
7. Motion Picture Patents Company: this company was also termed as Movie Trust, Edison-Trust, or
The-trust, trust. The company was formed by 10 film-producers and distributors who tried to gain
full control of the motion-picture-industry in the USfrom 1908 to 1912
8. Golden Age (of film): This is defined as a film with the current Hollywood pictures from the late
1920s to 1960s. The film is said to have adhered to a genre—Wes...

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