CLEP Humanities : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, and Schools of Film

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

Alfred Hitchcock directed all of the following films except __________.

Possible Answers:

Strangers on a Train

Psycho

Vertigo

Rear Window

Raging Bull

Correct answer:

Raging Bull

Explanation:

Alfred Hitchcock was a British director who began directing films in America in the late 1930s and became one of the most well known and popular filmakers in Hollywood for the next two decades. Among his works were Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, and Vertigo. Raging Bull was a 1980 film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Example Question #4 : Performing Arts

The film director Sergio Leone is most well known for making what genre of films?

Possible Answers:

Mystery

Westerns

Historical Epics

Comedies

Horror

Correct answer:

Westerns

Explanation:

Sergio Leone was an Italian filmmaker who made his name by directing Westerns, which were originally called "Spaghetti Westerns" due to being made, performed, and produced by Italians. Leone eventually made Westerns in America, notable working with Clint Eastwood on the films A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Leone helped revitalize the Western as a genre and move it into the realm of modern cinema.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

The filmmaker notable for having made the films 8 1/2, La Strada, and La Dolce Vita is __________.

Possible Answers:

Sergio Leone

Roberto Rossellini

Jean-Luc Godard

Federico Fellini

Francois Truffaut

Correct answer:

Federico Fellini

Explanation:

The Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini was one of the most important filmmakers of the twentieth century, and his work proved highly influential around the world. Beginning in the Italian Neo-realist genre, Fellini began moving into a more surrealist and fantastical mode with his 1954 film La Strada. With 1960's La Dolce Vita, Fellini explored non-linear narrative, and with 1964's 8 1/2, Fellini began exploring dreams and fantasies in his work more explicitly.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

Which of the following filmmakers was not a part of the so-called "French New Wave"?

Possible Answers:

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean Renoir

François Truffaut

Éric Rohmer

André Bazin

Correct answer:

Jean Renoir

Explanation:

The French New Wave was a label applied to a group of French filmmakers in the 1960s who all sought to create narrative ambiguity, a realistic shooting style, and modern stories. Among the New Wave directors were figures such as Éric Rohmer, André Bazin, François Truffaut, and Jean Luc Godard. One of their chief influences was the earlier filmmaker Jean Renoir.

Example Question #4 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

The comedy group responsible for the comedy films Animal Crackers, Duck Soup, and Horse Feathers was __________.

Possible Answers:

Martin and Lewis

Gallagher and Shean

The Marx Brothers

The Three Stooges

The Groundlings

Correct answer:

The Marx Brothers

Explanation:

The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo, began their career in the vaudeville era, and translated their success there into Broadway success as zany comedians. As soon as sound entered pictures, the Marx Brothers started making films, which were among the first commercially successful comedies, including 1930's Animal Crackers, 1932's Horse Feathers, and 1933's Duck Soup.

Example Question #8 : Performing Arts

Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and Raging Bull were all films directed by which director?

Possible Answers:

Francis Ford Coppola

Sidney Lumet

George Lucas

Martin Scorsese

Woody Allen

Correct answer:

Martin Scorsese

Explanation:

Martin Scorsese is considered one of the key figures of the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s, which broke from the conventions of the studio system from the 1930s-1940s. Unlike his contemporaries, Scorsese's films, including Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and Raging Bull, were usually set in his native New York, with characters similar to the Italian and Irish working class people he grew up around.

Example Question #9 : Performing Arts

Who was the film director of the Godfather trilogy, 1972's The Godfather, 1974's The Godfather, Part II, and 1990's The Godfather Part III?

Possible Answers:

Martin Scorsese

Federico Fellini

Francis Ford Coppola

Arthur Penn

George Lucas

Correct answer:

Francis Ford Coppola

Explanation:

The Godfather, based on a book by Mario Puzo, was released to great acclaim in 1972, and propelled its director Francis Ford Coppola and its stars Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall to fame. The Godfather films were all influential in moving the "gangster film" out of B-movie limbo into being considered a type of great film. The first two parts of the trilogy are considered among the greatest films of all time.

Example Question #5 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

Who was the director of the French-language film Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)?

Possible Answers:

Luis Buñuel

Jean Renoir

Jean-Luc Godard

Roman Polanski

François Truffaut

Correct answer:

Luis Buñuel

Explanation:

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-born director who was an important early Surrealist painter and filmmaker. He had to leave Spain when Francisco Franco took control of the government in 1938. Buñuel eventually moved to Hollywood, and then to Mexico, and afterward, to France. In 1972, he made his most well-known and landmark film, Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie. Covering the attempts of upper-middle-class people trying to get dinner together, the surrealist film is one of the classic surrealist and inventive films.

Example Question #6 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

Who was the innovative filmmaker known for comedy films starring his “Tramp” persona?

Possible Answers:

Al Jolson

Cecil B. DeMille

Charlie Chaplin

Buster Keaton

D.W. Griffith

Correct answer:

Charlie Chaplin

Explanation:

Charlie Chaplin was perhaps the biggest star of the silent film era, writing, directing, and starring in films starring his character of "The Tramp." Featuring Chaplin's trademark bowler hat, cane, and toothbrush mustache, films like The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), and City Lights (1931) helped pioneer comedic tropes and gags in film. Chaplin adapted poorly to using sound in film and also had a controversial personal life which saw his star diminish in the 1930s.

Example Question #7 : Identifying Film Titles, Filmmakers, And Schools Of Film

What is the pioneering German science fiction film from 1927?

Possible Answers:

City Lights

Nosferatu

Metropolis

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The General

Correct answer:

Metropolis

Explanation:

The film Metropolis was a technical marvel upon its release in 1927, being the first full length science fiction film and featuring camera and set work that was inventive and new. The work was not a commercial success, however, as the film had a controversial take on big business. Later film scholars would celebrate Fritz Lang's masterpiece, but too late to save the costly film from being a commercial flop.

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