The Genius of the System

In your reading of The Genius of the System, please focus on one of the 4 major studios discussed the book.  Then for your essay, reflect on how your studio was affected by the major events that we have been focusing on currently in the class.  For example, the highs of the 1920s, the Great Depression, WWII, and 1950s America.   How does your studio survive the entertainment landscape of the 1960s?  Is it still around today?   What can the film industry help us understand about the middle decades of Twentieth-Century America?   Instructions 1. Papers need to be double-spaced with 1-inch margins. 2. Papers should be at least 3 pages in length. 3. Place your name, course info and date at the top. 4. Make sure you spell and grammar check, and this does not mean use Spell Check only! 5.  Use evidence from the book to support your arguments.   6.  All citations must be formatted correctly in Footnotes.  (I’ve included a tutorial.) 7.  Minimal direct quotes, no block quotes. 8.  Essays that do not meet these requirements we receive at best a C grade. Here are a few of the topics we have discussed in class: 1. the great depression: 2. WWII:   Surviving Dust Bowl ^ 3. 1950’s America 4. the highs of the 1920’s  5.

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