CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Form of Film

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Form Of Film

Which of the following was NOT a filmmaking innovation of Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane?

Possible Answers:

Full use of sound throughout the film

Overlapping dialogue

Deep focus shots

Nonlinear narrative story telling

A full soundtrack of incidental noises

Correct answer:

Full use of sound throughout the film

Explanation:

Orson Welles' Citizen Kane pioneered a variety of filmmaking approaches and techniques, marking it out as a landmark of cinema. In particular, Welles used overlapping dialogue, with characters talking over each other; a soundtrack of incidental and background noises; deep focus shots that placed entire shots of different depths completely into focus; and a story that unfolded in a nonlinear fashion, by using flashbacks, unreliable narrators, and contradictory facts.

Example Question #2 : Analyzing The Form Of Film

In silent film, an "intertitle" is __________.

Possible Answers:

a story that interrupts the main story

a screen shot of writing that provided information or dialogue

a short film that was shown before a longer feature

a short break in the middle of the film

the alternate title provided by the opening credits

Correct answer:

a screen shot of writing that provided information or dialogue

Explanation:

Silent films, by their very nature, were unable to use dialogue or sound to convey information to the audience. While many actors were able to provide lots of content through pantomime and action, crucial elements would still be missed. Therefore, intertitles, screen shots of writing that gave dialogue or information, were used to flesh out the stories of silent films.

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