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Academy Awards: Topic Page
The Academy Awards (or ‘Oscars’) are presented each March for films of the previous year. The first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929, and the presentation was first televised and broadcast live in 1953.
Cinema: Topic Page
Form of art and entertainment consisting of moving pictures, in either black and white or colour, projected on a screen.
From The Columbia Encyclopedia
Movie-making as an art and an industry, including its production techniques, its creative artists, and the distribution and exhibition of its products.
Acting: Topic Page
The representation of a usually fictional character on stage or in films.
Actors and Actresses: Topic Page
Performer who takes one or more role(s) in a play or film.
Directing: Topic Page
The art of leading dramatic performances on the stage or in films. The modern theatrical director is in complete charge of all the artistic aspects of a dramatic presentation.
Animation (Cinematography): Topic Page
The illusion of movement created by means of an inanimate object. This illusion is created by what Peter Mark Roget referred to as persistence of vision—after seeing an image, human beings retain it through the afterimage, which creates the appearance of continuity and movement.
Comedy: Topic Page
From classical Greek times, comedy has been viewed in contrast to tragedy, but by the late 20th century a considerable corpus of criticism has broken free of tragedy to comment independently on comedy and its several subgenres.
Drama: Topic Page
Several origins have been proposed for drama: the ceremonies and dances performed by hunter-gatherers to ensure a successful hunt and initiate the young into the nature of the animals they hunted and the tactics used to kill them is one; dramatic story-telling in which the narrator enacts different roles while telling the story is another; religious ritual, and the enactment of religious stories at festivals, such as those conducted in ancient Egypt from before 2000BC, is a third.
Film Noir: Topic Page
Genre of dark, cynical crime film. Thematically indebted to the "hard-boiled" school of fiction, and stylistically to German expressionism, French poetic realism, and the constraints imposed by B film-making, film noir first appeared in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s.
Science Fiction: Topic Page
Science fiction is the literature of the scientific age. Born in adventure pulp magazines during the first half of the twentieth century, the science fiction genre began to mature in the 1940s and 1950s.