Movies That Have Changed
the Way We See Film
By: Chris Linn
• 1940-1960 Films that were influential
• Citizen Kane Link
• The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Link
• Quiz 1 Link
• 1970-1980 Films that were influential
• Star Wars A New Hope Link
• The Terminator Link
• Quiz 2
• 1990-Present Films that were influential
• Pulp Fiction Link
• The Matrix Link
• Quiz 3
• Work Cited
•Written and Direct by
Orson Wells, Released
•Nominated for nine
Academy Awards, Won
One for best screenplay
debut, he created a new
style of film making that
was ground breaking for
•Wells used new ways of
shooting his film by
including “deep focus”
and “low angled shots”
so the audience could
analyze everything in
The Good, The
Bad, And the Ugly
• Sergio Leone’s Third Epic
Spaghetti Western Film, Released
•Starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van
Cleef, and Eli Wallach.
•Quentin Tarantino has called it “
The best-directed film of all time.”
•Considered the best film for its
genre and time.
•Leone uses a new technique to
transcend the character
development throughout the
film, and he incorporates a new
way of taking shots in the film.
•His new shot technique was to
limit the amount of vision that the
viewer could see in his shots, so
the audience felt like they were
seeing the landscape as the actor
would. With this new technique he
could surprise audiences by
adding quick scene changes or
angles to his shots that would
shock the viewer.
1) The film Citizen Kane is directed and stars which actor?
a) Orson Wells
b) Sergio Leone
c) Clint Eastwood
d) John Wayne
2) What of the two film techniques did Orson implore in his film?
a) high angle shots
b) still motion shots
c) deep focus shots
d) low trajectory clips
3) Sergio Leone was a controversial and experimental director for his time.
What was so important about this director?
a) He designed a new camera that could take multiple of shots at one
b) He developed a new technique of shooting scenes to surprise the
c) He was the first director to include three people to star in a movie.
d) He made a new technique of shooting shots at night.
Star Wars: A New Hope
•George Lucas the director and
writer of the fifth Star Wars, was
extremely influential for this
movie that was released on May
•The film received critical
acclaim and was nominated for
ten academy awards.
•For its time it became the
highest grossing film making
well over 700 million dollars
•Lucas also founded the
company Industrial Light and
Magic that paved the way for
new and exciting technological
advancements in the film
industry. One for example would
be motion control photography
which became very influential to
films such as Blade Runner.
•Release date October 26, 1984
•Starring Lisa Hamilton, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, and Michael Biehn
•Schwarzenegger was originally casted to
play the part of the human Kyle
Reese, and Michael Biehn was originally
chosen to play the Terminator.
•The film employed multiple technical
innovations that have been influential for
its time. For example the creation of a
fully mobile cyborg, the terminator. Here
is a short clip that explains the different
aspects of how the crew created the
different bodies of the Terminator.
•Also the film has many futuristic shots
that have been influential for making the
other three films after it. One of these
techniques is called force perspective
, which enables the director to include a
large scene with a multiple of props into a
relatively small area.
1) Star Wars was both influential and ground breaking for its time.
What specific new technology did the film incorporate?
a) Motion Control Photography
b) Slow motion photography
c) Digital motion technology
d) Still Motion photography
2) James Cameron implored a special photography technique, what
technique does he use in his film The Terminator?
a) Force Perspective
b) low angled shots
c) high angled shots
d) computer generated movement
3) George Lucas’s Star Wars A New Hope won how many academy
•Released in September 23, 1994
•Starring John Travolta, Samuel L.
Jackson, Bruce Willis, Quentin
Tarantino, and Uma Thurman
•Like Citizen Kane, Pulp Fiction
also implores a nonlinear story
•The film was nominated for seven
Oscars, and won one for best
•“Pulp Fiction is viewed as the
inspiration for many later movies
that adopted various elements of
its style. The nature of its
development, marketing, and
distribution and its consequent
profitability had a sweeping effect
on the field of independent
cinema. A watershed within
Anglophone popular culture, Pulp
Fiction's influence has been felt in
several other media.”
•The film released on March
• The film is best known for its “slow
bullet” scene, where the directors
implore new technological advances
that allow the shots to virtually get
rid of the old still camera format. The
new format is known as the virtual
•With the creation of the virtual
backgrounds and CGI
innovations, The Matrix paved the
way for its sequels to adventure into
new ways to develop and use the
1) Quentin Tarantino implores what kind of technique in his film
a) non linear story line
b) linear story line
c) reverse story line
d) natural occurring scenes
2) The Wachowski Brothers include what new technology in their
film The Matrix?
a) slow motion controlled shots
b) virtual camera
3) Did Quentin Tarantino direct or star in the film Pulp Fiction?
•Virtual camera system. (n.d.). Retrieved from
The Matrix. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•Pulp fiction. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulp_Fiction_(film
•Independent film. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•Popular culture. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_culture
•YouTube video. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•Forced perspective. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•The Terminator. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terminator
•Star wars a new hope. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•The Good, the bad, and the ugly. (n.d.). Retrieved from
•Cititzen kane. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Kane
• Deep forcus. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_focus
•Low-angle shot. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-angle_shot
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