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How about China Syndrome released about 2 weeks before a similar nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Harrisburg, PA?


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Since your question asks What is the first crossover movie? I'll submit two of the earliest I have found, depending on your definition of "crossover". For movie horror/sci-fi franchises, there is Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). But I think the earliest could be Laurel and Hardy's appearance in the Our Gang comedy short Wild Poses (1933). Both Our ...


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There have been movies where the entire movie is a single take. The best I can find based on quick research are Russian Ark at 96 minutes, and Timecode at 97 minutes. Timecode is actually a quad-split screen film (four different videos running in four different quadrants of the screen), each of which is a single take shot, running for the entire movie. I ...


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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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TL;DR The name MacGuffin does not originate from a particular person's name. It's just a nonsense term that has been around before it was applied to the movie concept of a random item that drives the plot. Long answer Tvtropes attributes Alfred Hitchcock with making the term MacGuffin famous, and Hitchcock himself names one of his screenwriters, Angus ...


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French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin battles the English detective Sherlock Holmes in the 1910 German drama film serial Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes. Wikipedia says: A contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was the creator of the character of gentleman thief Arsène Lupin who, in Francophone countries, has enjoyed a ...


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Though not strictly a movie, there is the now infamous example of the pilot episode of the X-Files spin-off show, The Lone Gunmen. Airing 6 months before the terrorist attack on 9/11, it depicts the hackers foiling an attempt by a shady organization to fly a plane into the WTC in order to catalyze a Mid-East attack. Dodgy conspiracy theories aside, this is ...


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I would think Alien vs. Predator would be an example of combining franchises, which was released in 2004. While not a critical success (garnered only 22% Tomatometer), it did gross $80.2 million. It even spawned a sequel, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007.


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There was no movie rating system in place back in the 1940's, and movies were greatly censored by the US government. In the 1920's the Supreme Court ruled that free speech did not apply to movies, and a control board was arranged where by all film studios had to submit their scripts for censorship. Movie studios were given guide lines by which they had to ...


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Beginning in the late 1980s, Sony began marketing the concept of "electronic cinematography," utilizing its analog Sony HDVS professional video cameras. The effort met with very little success. In 1998, with the introduction of HDCAM recorders and 1920 × 1080 pixel digital professional video cameras based on CCD technology, the idea, now re-branded as ...


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I guess the key here is using the word film in your title. With film you are limited to the length in a canister and no amount of creativity can change that. With digital video this constraint goes out the window. So for film, it looks like Snake Eyes wins at just over 13 minutes. For digital video, Agadam looks to be a clear winner, endorsed by the ...


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Pixar’s subsequent films act like a timeline of technological developments in computer graphics. Building on the work of other researchers, 2001’s Monsters, Inc. introduced the on-screen representation of fur. Two years later, Finding Nemo pioneered new techniques in digital lighting, which were used to create realistic-looking water. The Incredibles and ...


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If we're not talking public domain characters, then my mind immediately turns to Japanese monster movies. There are several monsters with their own movies, but on occasion they would appear together in a "Vs." movie. Earliest one I could find is King Kong vs. Godzilla, which was release in 1962.


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Initially it was a intended to be a drama, but as Kubrick started to work on the screenplay he began to see the absurdity and humor in many of the scenes and decided to write instead a "nightmare comedy." To quote Kubrick: After all, what could be more absurd than the very idea of two mega-powers willing to wipe out all human life because of an ...


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Wikipedia lists Inspiration (1915) as the first film with non-pornographic nudity. For films that were intended to be erotic or pornographic, you have to go at least back to 1896 for Le Coucher de la Mariée (or Bedtime for the Bride or The Bridegroom's Dilemma), where cabaret performer recreated her striptease act during a bath scene. The short film was ...


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The oldest I know is "The Great Train Robbery" (1903). There is a youtube clip, see scene 4, approx. in minute 4ff There are more information about the film at: Wikipedia IMDB


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Lady in the Lake (1947) The entire movie plot unfolds from lead Robert Montgomery's point of view, thus creating a rarity in film: the principal character is only seen on-screen as a reflection in mirrors and windows, and as the narrator speaking directly to the audience.


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Are you asking specifically about comic book franchises? There have been no shortage of public domain crossovers, or crossovers between a branded character set and public domain characters. (For example, The Three Stooges Meet Frankenstein, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (which has Sherlock Holmes meet Sigmund Freud). King Kong ...


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The Spaghetti Western, or Euro-Western, carries the legacy of NeoRealism in its very fabric, yet is a conscious step away from the Historical cynicism and introversion that had entrenched itself within Italian Cinema. Cinecitta, as the Italian Film Mecca or "Hollywood on the Tiber" was naturally the primary studio for most Italian Neorealism (after being ...


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I'm not sure that this is the first full nudity in a Hollywood movie, but Jane is completely naked in this scene from "Tarzan and His Mate" from 1934.


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This originates in the world of comics, and there have been many "reboots" of comics turned into TV series and/or TV series turned into films. But assuming your definition is restricted to movies rebooted from other movies only, Wikipedia tells us Godzilla is the earliest. First made in 1954, and rebooted at least in 1984 and 2000. As new directors came in ...


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The Golem (1920) is already quite human - but no robot. In Metropolis (1927) you find a robot, which is transformed to a very human looking Maria see this youtube video I found some hints of a 1886 film l'Eve Futur: In 1886, the French novel l'Eve Futur featured a Thomas Edison-like mad scientist building a robot in the likeness of a woman. source ...


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From the wiki page for 555: The phone companies began encouraging the producers of television shows and movies to use the 555 prefix for fictional telephone numbers, roughly during the 1960s. One of the earliest uses of a 555 number can be seen in Panic in Year Zero! (1962), with 555-2106. In the 1942 film: "Eyes in the Night", starring Edward Arnold and ...


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Here you can find all technical memo's and publications of Pixar. Most of them can be directly related to the movie they are developed for, or used in by the images provided. Note that many of their publications are published in SIGGRAPH, which is one of the worlds biggest conferences/journals on Computer Graphics/animations. So they do new and innovative ...


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Significance It can be argued that some swearing is overused and unnecessary but some films contain swearing because some people swear in real-life, and it can make a film more dramatic or shocking. History It depends on what is considered swearing, which has changed over the years as sensibilities change, and also on culture, but swearing dates back to ...


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Hmm, there seems to be plenty of sources for total gross per year but none are adjusted for inflation. Nonetheless, Box Office Mojo have a little explanation detailing how to adjust total gross using annual average ticket prices here. It also has a table of averages stretching back to the early 20th century. The data gets more intermittent the further back ...


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I asked this question on Facebook to a couple of friends of mine (Pablo Hidalgo, content manager and author for Lucasfilm, and Mark Newbold, writer for Star Wars Insider) and as far as they know, this rumor isn't true. Lucas certainly saw Tolkien's work as an influence, but he didn't actively seek to acquire the rights.


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The earliest reference I could find was referenced in Truffaut: A Biography starting on page 163, 2nd paragraph. This link starts on page 163 and gives the background. On page 164 there is the trope. Truffaut never directly says "impossible to make an anti-war film." Rather in describing his desire to make one concerning Algiers, he decides that he cannot ...


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Andrew Martin gives a good example. Although it's only formed from the perspective of an individual, its a pretty comprehensive reflection of the broad way society receives images of infanticide; the point about creating good performances from child actors is a little absurd, but it doesn't come directly from Andrew. The only point to add are considerations ...


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There are potentially two answers to this: depending on how much you're willing to refine certain elements of the question: In a straight '1 Director' example, Hellraiser Bloodline is the highest grossing film that is directed singularly by someone invoking 'Alan Smithee'. The film was actually directed by special FX makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who has ...



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