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Shanghai Express

The film Shanghai Express(1932), uses soft greys to paint Marlene Dietrich in a glamouros light. The different hues of grey in certain scenes made the scenes more dramatic. They also focus in and out on actors faces to make the scenes more intense. 


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The Topic: The Classical Hollywood Style

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The Question: Although the Classical Hollywood Era ended in the 60s, It set a standard that today's directors either fall in line with or attempt to go against. Can a present-day director really fully escape the cluthches of the highly-accepted Classical Hollywood style or will movies always possess some aspect of it?

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Extrait The Jazz Singer (1927)

The Jazz Singer, produced by Warner Bros., was the first feature length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences.

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The Maltese Falcon - Invisible Style

 

 This film shows an example of invisible style. In this clip, the camera follows the actor around the room, but he never looks directly at the camera and the camera angle is at eye level.


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Shanghai Express

The film Shanghai Express(1932), uses soft greys to paint Marlene Dietrich in a glamouros light. The different hues of grey in certain scenes made the scenes more dramatic. They also focus in and out on actors faces to make the scenes more intense. 


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Casablanca - Trailer [1942] [16th Oscar Best Picture]

Casablanca won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1942 and to this day is still considered one of the best films ever made. Films such as this propelled american cinema to new heights during this period and led us to the current state of Hollywood cinema

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Bringing up Baby 1938 - Howard Hawks/ Screwball Comedy

"Bringing Up Baby" is an American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. It is an exapmle of a screwball comedy, which is a genre that emerged from the Classical Hollywood Era. Screwball comedy aims to translate the physical comedy of silent slapsticks during the silent era into a more verbal comedy when the sound era emerges.

 

 


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The Hollywood Blacklist

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The group that came to exemplify resistance was the Hollywood Ten and their writing colleagues, many of whom had been in the Party. The Ten consisted of Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Edward Dmytryk, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Sam Ornitz, Robert Adrian Scott, and Dalton Trumbo. They had scripted or directed hundreds of Hollywood films. Many Scriptwriters had the most options to continue working during the blacklist period. Performers could not change their faces nor could directors wear masks, but writers could use pseudonyms. This proved a profitable strategy for many and others found work in different countries like Mexico and Europe. Many troubles were that Communists were in a position to place negative images of the United States in films that would have wide international distribution. Totally ignored in the hysteria generated by HUAC were the realities of the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and 1940s. When the first subpoenas were issued the Hollywood impulse was to fight back. Defense committees were formed and efforts to purge various guilds defeated. Eric Johnston, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, pledged that he would "never be party to anything as un-American as a blacklist. The will to resist was put to the test when some of the first writers called refused to cooperate and tried to read statements condemning the committee in sessions that often turned into shouting matches. The result was bad press for Hollywood and a feeling by producers that their radical writers were vying with the committee for sensational headlines at the industry's expense. On November 24, Congress cited ten screenwriters for contempt. Produces meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel days later signaled their capitulation to the investigators by announcing that "no Communists or other subversives will be employed by Hollywood." An appeal by the "Hollywood Ten" was turned down and by mid-1950 most of them had begun to serve one-year terms in prison.

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How the government effected the Classical Hollywood Era

A documentary about how the government believed that the propaganda served in films were disguised as "communism propaganda". House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a committee (1938–75) of the U.S. House of Representatives, created to investigate disloyalty and subversive organizations. A highly publicized 1947 investigation of the entertainment industry led to prison sentences for contempt for a group of recalcitrant witnesses who became known as the Hollywood Ten. HUAC had to resort to citing the smiling children in Song of Russia (1944) and noting that Russian workers shouted "tovarich" (comrade) as American merchant ships that had run the Nazi submarine blockade entered a Soviet port in Action in the North Atlantic (1943). Even committee members struggled to keep a straight face when Ginger Rogers complained that her daughter "had been forced" to speak the subversive line "share alike, that's democracy" in a 1943 film scripted by Dalton Trumbo. Many writers were blacklisted which is a list or register of entities who, for one reason or another, are being denied a particular privilege, service, mobility, access or recognition. In this case denying writers to work in the film-industry. This was a essential reason to the end of the Classical Hollywood Era.

 

 

 

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Falling in line with the Classical Hollywood Style

The main character sits down at the piano and looks out into the audience. The camera then uses eyeline match (a common trait of the classical hollywood style, much like what is used in Casablanca and Shanghai Express) but chooses to weave through the crowd to create a sense of tension and yearning to figure out who he is looking at. 

 

P.S.: When it is revealed who he is looking at, feel free to cut off the video. Do not put yourself through the torture of listening to him sing.

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Falling in line with the CHS

The scene consists of multiple scenes that are driven by Commisioner Gordons dialouge. The use of dialouge to motivate edits is another characteristic of the Classical Hollywood Style. The dialouge driven edits are very similar to the trailer for Casablanca in the sense that when the narrator speaks of a certain event or group of characters, it shows those characters.

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An attempt at going against the CHS

Although this scene is very visually entertaining, its highly stylized manner in which it was shot is very evident to the viewer and draws attention to all the effects and edits. However there is still a use of shot/reverse shot, lighting techniques and the use of crosscutting/intercutting to create tension in the scene.

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Classical Hollywood Cinema - The Silent Era and Studio Era of Filmmaking

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Classical Hollywood cinema refers to the visual and sound style of motion pictures in the American Film Industry during the late teens of the 1900s and the 1960s.There are two films that can be credited with the start of the Classical Hollywood Era, Birth of a Nation and The Jazz Singer. Birth of a Nation utilizes the Silent Era and Studio Era of filmmaking, while The Jazz Singer demonstrated the wealth aspect of "feature-length talkies".

 

 

Click the image to read a little more about the transition out of the Silent Era into the Sound Era.

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Characteristics of the Classical Hollywood Style

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A lot of the techniques and vocabulary that were standardized in the Classical Hollywood Period we are all already familiar with such as eyeline match, 180 degree rule, shot/reverse shot, and crosscutting. However one new and very important term that we are not so familiar with is invisible style which would be used in movies such as "The Maltese Falcon" and many movies afterwards. This link gives a summary of all the attributes needed to create a film that posseses this invisible style.

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Welles' Citizen Kane - Z-axis scene example

Many filmakers created compositions with geater depth. Here, in Orson Welles, Citizen Kane, you can see examples of deep focus being used with a foreground, middleground, and background.


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Cinema History: Classic Films from the Hollywood Studios, 1934-1946

Cinema History: Classic Films from the Hollywood Studios, 1934-1946 | The Classical Hollywood Era | Scoop.it

Actors and actresses had contracts with certian studio production companies and were't allowed to make movies outside of that contract. This same method is no longer used. Included are some examples of classical Hollywood style films include Sunset Boulevard (1950),The Wizard of OZ (1939),Gone With the Wind (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Casablanca (1942),  It's a Wonderful Life (1945)


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Fun Fact! : The Origin of Classical Hollywood Genres

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With the emergence of the Classical Hollywood Style came the emergence of genres which served as a way of marketing to different audiences and many of these genres are still known today. However, what brought about these different movie genre's specifically? If you're interested feel free to read below!

 

-The Musical: The introduction of sound promoted the musical as a major genre.

 

-The Screwball Comedy:Although eccentric romantic comedies were made during the silent era, screwball comedy gained new prominence in 1934 with two very different films, Hawks's "Twentieth Century" and Capra's "It Happened One Night"

 

-The Horror Film: During the early sound era, the horror film became a major genre. The pattern for many future films was made in 1927 with Paul Leni's " The Cat and the Canary"

 

-The Social Problem Film: The Depression created a new focus on social problems and many 1930s films dealt with them.

 

-The Gangster FIlm: Gangster films were topical, deriving material from the organized crime that grew up during Prohibition(1919-1933).

 

-Film Noir: The film noir tendency (black, dark, and gloomy films) derived from American hardboiled detective fiction of the 1920s.

 

-The War FIlm: From 1930 to 1945, films about war passed through remarkable changes. The disillusionment of World War I had resulted in a pacifism that dominated films of the 1930s.

 

-Animation: Before 1910, animated films had been novelties. However, by the 1930s, labor saving devices had made them a part of nearly every theater's program. Each of the Majors and Minors regularly released a cartoon series , either under contract with an independent firm or from their own animation units.

 

 

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The Decline of The Classical Hollywood Style

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The Classical Hollywood Style gradually declined with the collapse of the studio system, the advent of television, the growing popularity of auteurism among directors, and the increasing influence of foreign films and independent filmmaking. Classic Hollywood Style Cinema transitioned into Hollywood Spectales but declined more and more as a style due to censorship and the end of the studio systems. However the Classical style persists in many, probably most, mainstream American films, and that it has been a staple of such films going back to the very era in which classical filmmaking was formulated.

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How Independent fimmaking gradually ended the Classical Hollywood Era

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The 1948 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which outlawed the practice of block booking and the above-mentioned ownership and operation of theater chains by the major film studios (as it was believed to constitute anti-competitive and monopolistic trade practices) was seen as a major blow to the studio system. This was because it firstly cleared the way for a growing number of independent producers (some of them the actors themselves) and studios to produce their film product free of major studio interference, and secondly because it destroyed the original business model utilized by the studios who struggled to adapt. At the time of the Court decision, everyone said the quality, consistency, and availability of movies would go up and prices would fall. Quite the opposite happened. By 1955, the number of produced films had fallen by 25 percent. More than 4,200 theaters had shut their doors. More than half of those remaining were unable to earn a profit. They could not afford to rent and exhibit the best and most costly films, the ones most likely to compete with television. This had a massive effect on the ending of the Classical Hollywood Style age. 

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Falling in line with the Classical Hollywood Style

When you remove the provocatively dressed women and the accent colors, you can see the characteristics of The Classical Hollywood Style. SImiliarities can definitely be seen when you compare this clip, to the clip of Shanghai Express. The soft greys and light that appears to be subtle and natural make the main woman in the scene appear to be very glamorous. Do you see the similarities between Shanghai Express and this scene from Sin City?

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Falling in line with the Classical Hollywood Style

Starting at 2:15, The scene consists of many elements that are common within the Classical Hollywood Style. One element is editing motivated by dialouge, the action word being "impact". Another element is "suturing" and making the audience feel as if they are standing beside the car as the dramatic event unfolds. The simple and quick cut from inside the car to outside of the car is seamless and does not detract from what the viewer is seeing. When directly comparing the car scene to Citizen Kane, you can notice the establishement of a foreground and background to create depth in the shot (Z axis). This is expecially helpful since most of this scene is filmed within a confined space. A similarity with Casablanca can also be drawn. Although not as obvious, there are some over the shoulder shot/reverse shots, it is simply in a smaller space.

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An attempt at going against the Classical Hollywood Style

The main goal of the Classical Hollywood style is to create a film with invisible style in an attempt to not draw attention to edits. In this Scott Pilgrim vs. the World trailer, you can see the different ways in which the idea of invisible style was thrown aside as opposed to the video above of the Maltese Falcon. However they were not fully able to abandon the Classical Hollywood style. There is still the use of eyeline match and shot/reverse shot.

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One more attempt at going against the CHS

In this clip we are literally the eyes of the viewer(camera) and we see things exactly from his perspective. We feel the way he feels through the jerky movements of the camera and hearing the pace of his breathing right up against the mic. Besides the fact that a director during the CHP would not let an actor hold the camera, this style of bringing actual attention to the camera is something that is not of the Classical Hollywood Style. However, would'nt you say this is taking the basic, classical hollywood idea of eyeline match, much like what is used in Shanghai express when she points out that he is looking at a picture of her, to another level? 

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