Instructional Video

The Golden Age of Hollywood

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Did movies save America during the Great Depression? Or did the Great Depression save movies? Learn more about the Golden Age of Hollywood with a video that covers the five major film studios, the colorization of big budget movies, and the new camera technology that contributed to the flourishing film industry between 1920 and 1950.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a discussion on antitrust laws and monopolies
  • Assign one production studio, film, or filmmaking technique from the era for learners to research further
  • Have class members watch the video at home before a class screening of a classic film such as The Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind
  • Invite individuals to respond to the video's argument that the three major technological advances (i.e. sound, color cinematography, and aspect ratio) were the main contributors to the success of movies during this era
Classroom Considerations
  • While helpful, the fast-paced review of the five major studies at the beginning of the video can be dizzying
  • Part of a Crash Course playlist on the history of film
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Explores the history of Cinemascope and widescreen films
  • Ideal for an American history class, film studies or production class, or engineering class
  • None
Common Core