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The Film Industry

This is a "catch-all" category for a variety of questions about films.  It includes studios, producers, production tools, film festivals, and film awards (other than the Oscars, which get a couple of pages all to themselves).

US film director and writer, has won more Baftas than anyone else Click to show or hide the answer
Informal name given to the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) Click to show or hide the answer
Produced propaganda films such as the feature Victory Through Air Power and the short Education for Death (both 1943), during World War II Click to show or hide the answer
Co–producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (with Saul Zaentz) Click to show or hide the answer
Film company founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzeberg and David Geffen; sold to Viacom in 2005, then Reliance in 2008 Click to show or hide the answer
Britain's first sound studio (1931) Click to show or hide the answer
Formed 1979 by George Harrison and Denis O'Brien, initially to finance Monty Python's Life of Brian Click to show or hide the answer
First knight of the cinema Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the MGM lion (actually at least five different lions have been used) Click to show or hide the answer
Film company bought by Disney in 2012 for $4 billion (owner) Click to show or hide the answer
"More stars than there are in the heavens": motto of Click to show or hide the answer
Company founded 1961 "to make English language films in India aimed at the international market" Click to show or hide the answer
Studio that made six of the seven Road films; re–established in late 1960s and early 70s under Robert Evans, after near bankruptcy, with films such as Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather, Chinatown Click to show or hide the answer
Logo features a mountain peak surrounded by a circle of stars
"The oldest name in the cinema today" – founded in France 1895, famous for its newsreels 1910–56, introduced by a crowing rooster; bought by RKO 1931, Warner Bros 1947 Click to show or hide the answer
Major film studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire – founded in 1934, particularly associated with James Bond and Carry On Click to show or hide the answer
Polish-born father and Mexican-born son: controversial producers of The Three Musketeers (1973, and sequels) and the Christopher Reeve Superman films (1978-83) Click to show or hide the answer
Producer of the Keystone Cops films Click to show or hide the answer
Major film studio in Surrey, founded 1931, associated with British Lion Films; merged with Pinewood 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
The USA's biggest festival for independent films: named ultimately after a Robert Redford film role, held annually in Utah Click to show or hide the answer
Disney "label" used for films with adult content – started 1984 for Splash Click to show or hide the answer
Studio formed by merger, 1935; run by Darryl F. Zanuck, 1935–71; saved from bankruptcy by The Sound of Music Click to show or hide the answer
Founded 1910 by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks (Sr.), D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford Click to show or hide the answer
Produced the Looney Tunes cartoons (1930–69) Click to show or hide the answer
Former boxer (British and Empire heavyweight champion, 1911–19) who banged the J. Arthur Rank gong Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Informal name given to the New Zealand film industry (see Bollywood) Click to show or hide the answer

British cinema chain founded by Oscar Deutsch in Brierley Hill (near Dudley, Worcs) 1928; sold to Rank after Deutsch's death from cancer in 1941 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Office that administered the US film Production Code, 1930–67 (often called censorship) Click to show or hide the answer
Term popularised by Alfred Hitchcock, for a plot element that may or may not turn out to be a red herring – sometimes called a "plot coupon" Click to show or hide the answer
Term used for a comedy film genre, popular in the 1930s and 40s, typically involving an assertive female and a weak male, resulting in a "battle of the sexes"; named after a type of baseball delivery that breaks in the "wrong" direction Click to show or hide the answer

Golden and Silver Bears: awarded at Click to show or hide the answer
Grand Prix, Palme d'Or, Golden Camera Prize: awarded at Click to show or hide the answer
Home of the world's oldest film festival, founded in 1932; principal awards are the Golden Lion (for best film) and the Volpi Cup (for best actor and actress, named after the founder) Click to show or hide the answer
Film and television awards, awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Click to show or hide the answer
Created 1980 by US copywriter John Wilson (first awarded 1981) as a counterpoint to the Oscars – "honouring" the worst in film Click to show or hide the answer
Awarded annually in Hollywood to sci-fi films (a.k.a. Golden Scrolls) Click to show or hide the answer

Name given as director of Hollywood films (1969–99) that the actual director has disowned; he had to prove to the Directors' Guild of America that he had been deprived of artistic control. (Since the practice became public knowledge, a different pseudonym has been used in each case) Click to show or hide the answer
1969 film that started the Alan Smithee practice (actor Richard Widmark disapproved of Robert Totten's direction, and arranged to have him replaced by Don Siegel. Neither director wanted to be credited) Click to show or hide the answer

Second electrician Click to show or hide the answer
Camera mounting Click to show or hide the answer
Responsible for post–production sound effects (after the man who pioneered the art at Universal Studios in the early days of talkies) Click to show or hide the answer
In charge of camera support equipment (mounts, etc.) Click to show or hide the answer
Senior grip on a set Click to show or hide the answer
Head electrician Click to show or hide the answer
Small wooden platform for vertically challenged actors Click to show or hide the answer

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