The larger project here is to capture the ways in which american film can be seen as reacting to culture in which they were produced and consumed, as a way of understanding their own times -- the Depression, WWII, and the Cold War --.

The site should include pertinent information about the film, director, studio, actors, date of release, plus a brief description of the film -- no more than 250 words.

The description is the real challenge here: it should give a sense of the plot of the film as well as of its cultural significance, as well as the ways in which it seems to reflect contemporary issues or values. The description should also provide you one or more "hooks," points at which you can link two or three short film clips to illustrate the points you're making. The clips should each be no more than 2 minutes long, shorter if the point can be made in less time. You'll also need a title shot and a closing shot, perhaps just "the end." Total time should be about 5 minutes.

If someone wants to try it, you might even try to create a trailer for the film, i.e., link the clips together and provide a voice over narrative instead of the print text. Possible Films:

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