Posts Tagged ‘film’

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.

And the Oscar Goes to…

OscarOn this day in 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  A far more subdued affair than the star-studded, televised event it is today, it featured no red carpet entrances or fashion commentary by Joan Rivers. It was a private event attended by 270 guests, and tickets cost $5. To learn more about the fascinating history of the Academy Awards, from who won the very first Best Actor and Best Actress awards to which film received Best Picture at the most recent award ceremony, turn to Renaissance’s Award Recipients database, which lists major award winners in the arts and humanities.

Besides the Academy Awards, other prestigious awards featured in the database include the Man Booker Prize, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the American Music Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the MacArthur Fellowships.