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Block-booking (selling films to theaters in packages) is judged illegal by federal courts.
Orson Welles's directing debut: "Citizen Kane."
The House Un-American Activities Committee says some members of the Screenwriters Guild are Communists.
FCC declares major Hollywood studios ineligible for television licenses.
Jimmy Stewart is the first actor to receive a percentage of a film's gross with
Sen. Joseph McCarthy's anti-Communist hearings target members of the film industry.
Network television covers the nation and movie attendance drops drastically. Supreme Court case Burstyn v. Wilson loosens social control on film, declaring motion pictures protected under the First Amendment.
CinemaScope technology is introduced with "The Robe." "House of Wax" is one of the first 3-D films to gross high at box office.
Marlon Brando earns Oscar for his role in "On the Waterfront."
Motion Picture Code revised to allow film treatment of narcotics.
Joanne WoodwardV wins best-actress Oscar for "The Three Faces of Eve."
"The 400 Blows," directed by Francois Truffaut, is the first feature of the influential French New Wave. "Ben-Hur" wins 11 Academy Awards, the most given to a single film.
Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" released.
"Dr. No" is first in the James Bond series, the longest running series of profitable cinema. "Lawrence of Arabia" released.
Motion Picture Code revisions allow use of common profanity.
"Bonnie and Clyde" with Faye Dunaway ups the ante on violence and sexual content in mainstream film.
"2001: A Space Odyssey," directed by Stanley Kubrick, stuns audiences with its special effects. MPAA adopts age restrictions to regulate audience attendance (G, PG, R, X). Woody Allen begins directing career.
The only X-rated picture to win a best picture Oscar is "Midnight Cowboy." John Wayne wins best-actor award for "True Grit."
"Shaft" gives the blaxploitation genre widespread recognition.
Francis Ford Coppola directs "The Godfather."