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[Anna May Wong was the first Chinese-American movie star. Wong and other Asian-American actors during the so-called "classic" era struggled to find a place in Hollywood. Forced to play demeaning, stereotypical roles, and often seeing lead roles lost to white actors in yellowface, many superlative Asian-American actors chose to go overseas to find work in film that accorded them basic dignity and respect.]
An introduction to researching films for undergraduate students. This guide will help you learn how to:
- find a film relating to a social issue or theme
- find movie reviews
- find critical commentary about films by director, genre, era, and more
- explore film writing
- expand your enjoyment and knowledge of movies
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Great Moments in Film
The Dickson Experimental Sound Film is the first movie ever made to have synchronized sound and images. Made in 1894 or 1895 in the Edison studios, it shows a man playing a violin into a primitive recording device while two studio assistants dance. Click the "Watch on YouTube" or Fullscreen buttons at the bottom of the widget to see a larger version, which makes the informative introductory text easier to read (or check out the Library's set of Edison's early films).
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