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The Literature Review is often the very first stage of any research project and it provides a backbone and context for all future research in your chosen area of interest. Often used when planning a thesis type project where you’re building upon former research but the Literature Review also can provide insights about competitors, awareness of new technologies impacting the space you’re exploring, identification of experts in your field, etc.
Create a literature review that includes 5 books on the topic, 5-10 academic papers, 3 blog posts and 2 magazine articles. While doing research, we created a flow process diagram that illustrates our discovery process.
The purpose of this study is to explore some of the greatest influences in the entertainment industry through film and Hollywood. By the 19th Century, the film industry had become the fifth largest industry in the United States (Zollo). The goal is to analyze motion pictures from their golden age and how this period transitioned in the thirties with film being used as propaganda messages during the Second World War. Through my research I learned a brief timeline of new film trends from various years that caused an impact such as Thomas Edison inventing his own sound process called the Kinetophone or the Titanic sinking. Some authors discussed how D. W. Griffith’s movie, In Old California, had lead to film productions being moved to the west and the rise of Hollywood. While others introduced the topic of film during a darker period during World War II by analyzing the works of the directors Frank Capra, John Ford, John Hudson, George Stevens, and William Wyler.
My process began at the Chester, NJ library. I started off by digging through their catalogs and had found several books related to my topic. After narrowing down which five book sources would give me the most relatable information and scanning the introductions to understand what the books were about, I began researching keywords related to film such as “Kinetophone” to find blog posts on my subject. I managed to find a blog dedicated to discussing classical films, one giving a rundown of each decade, and another detailing more information on the In Old California movie. The last few sources I had to gather was magazine articles and academic journals. For this process I went to The New Schools databases and browsed by my topic. Again I used keywords from my book research when looking through the TNS website, EBSCO, and PROQUEST. Through this I was able to gather more specific information such as understanding economics related to the film industry, why actresses focus on their appearance, and why it is harder for the UK’s film industry is harder to globalize than Hollywood.
Barnier, Martin. 1999. “The Controversy Over the ‘Invention of the Talking Picture’.” Film History 11 (4): 477-484. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/2189830?accountid=12261.
BY, WILLIAM C. 1929. “Why Fight Over Hollywood?” The North American Review (1821-1940), 05, 535. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/137205594?accountid=12261.
Dixon, Wheeler W., and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. A Short History of Film. Rutgers University Press, 2013.
Fisher, Loran L. 1950. “NOTES ON FILM RECORDS.” American Documentation (Pre-1986) 1 (4): 184. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/195437962?accountid=12261.
Fiske, Marjorie. 1947. “Motion Picture Research: Response Analysis.” Journal of Marketing (Pre-1986) 11 (000003): 273. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/209297881?accountid=12261.
Harris, Mark. A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War. The Penguin Press, 2014.
“History of Hollywood: 1900-1940.” Hollywood. September 03, 2013. Accessed March 28, 2017. https://lemoyer.wordpress.com/history-of-hollywood-1900-1940/.
Horak, Jan-Christopher. 2011. “Shell Shock Cinema: Weimar Culture and the Wounds of War/Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era.” Film Quarterly 64 (4): 76-77. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/874321324?accountid=12261.
“In Old California (1942).” Christina Wehner. December 10, 2016. Accessed March 28, 2017. https://christinawehner.wordpress.com/2016/12/10/in-old-california-1942/.
Keeler, Vernon D. 1951. “Hollywood Looks at its Audience.” Journal of Marketing (Pre-1986) 15 (000003): 382. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/209292619?accountid=12261.
Kitamura, Hiroshi. 2004. “Hollywood and the Wider World: A Review Essay1.” American Studies International 42 (2): 235-248. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/197129706?accountid=12261.
“Moniqueclassique’s Blog.” Moniqueclassique’s Blog. Accessed March 28, 2017. https://moniqueclassique.wordpress.com/.
Rhodes, Gary D. 2016. “”MOVIE”: How a Single Word Shaped Hollywood Cinema.” Film & History 46 (1): 43-52. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/1805469354?accountid=12261.
Slide, Anthony. Aspects of American Film History Prior to 1920. Scarecrow, 1978.
Sojcher, Fréderic. 2002. “The Economics of Cinema: History, Strategic Choices and Cultural Policy.” Contemporary European History 11 (2): 305-316. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/204209266?accountid=12261.
Thomson, David. The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. Vintage Books, 2006.
Waller, Gregory A. 2009. “Americanizing the Movies and “Movie-Mad” Audiences, 1910-1914.” Film Quarterly 62 (2): 84-86. https://login.libproxy.newschool.edu/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/212288369?accountid=12261.
WESTWELL, GUY. 2016. “‘Flag-raising on Iwo Jima’ (1945) and the Hollywood war film.” Screen 57, no. 3: 343-352. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text, EBSCOhost (accessed March 28, 2017).
Zollo, Paul. Hollywood Remembered: An Oral History of Its Golden Age. Cooper Square Press, 2002.