Posts Tagged ‘Actors’

Drive-In Theater Anniversary, Pre-Summer Movie Study

By now school is winding down in most places, and students and educators are getting ready for some summer fun. It just so happens that today is the anniversary of an icon of summer entertainment: the drive-in movie theater. The first permanent drive-in was opened by Richard Hollingshead, Jr. in Pennsauken, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933. Although it didn’t last long, it started a craze that peaked in the 1950s, when more than 4,000 theaters were operating. That number has dwindled to a few hundred, with the latest challenge being the movie industry’s transition to expensive digital projection systems.

Lawrence of Arabia Research Topic

Lawrence of Arabia RT, eLibrary

Okay, so eLibrary doesn’t have a Research Topic on drive-ins, but it does have a number of pages related to film history, genres and specific movies. If you are still in school and you need to fill some of the last days with something fun but meaningful, how about encouraging your students to watch some great movies over the summer. You could discuss film criticism, the relationship between films and their literary source materials or just let students scoop up some trivia. If you are already out of school and you are still reading this, you might as well check them out for yourself and use them to enhance your own movie enjoyment as you take a much-needed break from school.

Motion Pictures
Talking Films
2001: A Space Odyssey

Gone with the Wind
The Godfather Films
Star Wars
Apocalypse Now
Lawrence of Arabia
Singin’ in the Rain
Alfred Hitchcock

This a limited list; we have plenty of pages on film directors, actors and movies. Just search around.

Gregory Peck, Born 100 Years Ago Today!

Today, April 5, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of actor Gregory Peck (he passed away in 2003).

Gregory Peck Research Topic

Gregory Peck Research Topic via ProQuest’s eLibrary

Peck was in many notable films, including The Yearling, Twelve O’Clock High, and The Guns of Navarone.

But perhaps his most famous portrayal was that of lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the legendary film based on the novel by Harper Lee. In fact, in 2003 the American Film Institute deemed Atticus Finch to be the greatest hero in the history of American movies.

To Kill a Mockingbird Research Topic

To Kill a Mockingbird Research Topic via ProQuest’s eLibrary

In addition to his acting talents, Peck was also a lifetime humanitarian, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.