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Hitchcock: Master of Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock enlivened the suspense genre with tongue-in-cheek introductions, macabre humor, and twist endings. In this workshop students analyze Hitchcock's use of the ordinary to create exciting, even frightening, television drama.

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The Golden Years of Television

Between the late '40s and early '60s the medium of television became the dominant form of home entertainment. With only a few hours of programming a day, people excitedly tuned-in to see what this new technology would bring into their living rooms. This presentation revisits and celebrates some of the most beloved personalities from these early years in television. Milton Berle, Burns & Allen, and Lucille Ball, along with some of the most popular Broadway performers and artists of the time are among the highlights.

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The Red Scare: The Cold War on Television

During the 1950's television emerged as the most powerful mass medium since the invention of the printing press. At this time, America was gripped with fear and anxiety about the possibilities of war and nuclear threat, and television reflected this paranoia. Through close examination of 1950's television, including news, public service announcements, documentaries, and science fiction programming, this presentation investigates the ways that television reflected and perpetuated fear and hysteria during the Cold War period, a pivotal moment in modern history.

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The Thirty Second Candidate: Political Advertising on Television

This class uses the Paley Center's collection of political advertisements from the past fifty years to illustrate how candidates attempt to win the hearts, minds and votes of the American people. Participants will focus on techniques of political advertising, target audience, and demographics, how advertising conveys leadership, and the role of policy in campaign ads.

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