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The Silver Screen

Click on the picture to see the names of the films from which these images come!

Welcome to the Silver Screen. Here you will learn about the cinema, TV and other media which use the moving image. Let's start with a short quiz. Can you hear music playing? Yes or no? This is the theme from a famous film about a real-life space drama. Do you know its name? To find the answer, click on the link below. To make the music play again, click the refresh or reload button on your browser.

You will find different activities on this page - and we will be adding more soon. Click on a link below to go to an activity of your choice.

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Disney Time

What do you know about characters in Walt Disney cartoons? If you click on a picture you will find the name of the character in it. See if you can answer the questions that follow, too. (The pictures are all from public domain clipart - but the copyright © in the original characters belongs to the Disney Corporation.)

For independent users: you can understand, speak, read and write English without too much assistance. You can communicate in English, but it is not always in standard forms.

Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This character stars in two films. The animation was done with the help of a computer.

What films have I been in?   Who are my friends?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This character starts as a puppet and becomes a real boy. His tale is based on a classic Italian children's story.

What film did I star in?   Who are my friends?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This bad woman tries to steal some dogs - lots of them. She wants to make a coat out of their fur. Happily, she does not succeed.

What film do I appear in?   Who are my helpers?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This character is a baby elephant with big ears. He learns to fly.

What film did I star in?   What do I use to help me fly?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This rabbit is in trouble with the police. He hires a detective to help clear his name.

What film did I feature in?   Who is my wife?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This young deer lives in a forest. The picture shows him with some of his friends - Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk.

What film did I appear in?   What happened to my mother?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This young man comes from Arabia. He was helped by the genie (a magic spirit).

What film did I feature in?   Where does the genie live?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This character is a mermaid. She can swim well but cannot walk on the land.

What film did I star in?   Where does a mermaid live?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This character (the small one on the left) is a wild animal. His uncle plots to kill him, but in the end he becomes ruler of all his tribe.

What film did I appear in?   Who is my wicked uncle?
Who am I? Click on the picture to find out! This is the most famous of all Mr. Disney's characters.

In which film did I first speak?   In which film was I the Sorcerer's Apprentice?

 

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Oscars Night

Each year actors, directors and reporters gather in Hollywood to find out who has won an Oscar. Do you know what an Oscar is? Click on the link below to find out!

For independent users: you can understand, speak, read and write English without too much assistance. You can communicate in English, but it is not always in standard forms.

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Win your first Oscar

If you get all the answers right you will win an Oscar. It's not a real Oscar, but you can show your friends, parents or teacher.

Win your second Oscar

To win your second Oscar, you need to try another task. You will answer questions about films.

Win your third Oscar

To win your third Oscar, you will answer questions about types or genres of film.

 

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Hollywood deaths and scandals

Hollywood stars and celebrities have often made the headlines by being involved in a wide variety of scandals, murders, suicides, accidents, deaths, and on occasion acts of heroism. These incidents have gripped the imagination of people all over the world and many of them happened right in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of the juicy stories.

For proficient users: You can understand, speak, read and write English fluently, effectively and spontaneously without assistance.

Read the short descriptions below, then try the activities that follow.

William Desmond Taylor

On February 1, 1922, the Paramount film director William Desmond Taylor was shot to death in his bungalow at 404-B South Alvarado, in Los Angeles. It was the former site of the Alvarado Court Apartments, near MacArthur Park. It was one of the biggest crimes to hit Hollywood at the time. The murder mystery dominated the headlines of the period and still inspires authors today. The list of suspects included many showbiz figures, including silent film actress Mabel Normand. The case still remains unsolved to this day. Today, the site is a parking lot. The once-fashionable neighbourhood is now very shabby.

Thelma Todd

Thelma Todd was found dead on December 16, 1935 at 17531 Posetano Road, Pacific Palisades. She was a popular young actress who, during the early 1930s, had co-starred in a number of classic comedies with the Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy. She also ran a popular beachside restaurant, Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe. Thelma died at age 30 in 1935 under very mysterious circumstances. She was found dead in her car, still parked in the garage above the café. It was said that she died of an accidental suicide, but the bloody scene suggested a murder. Many people suspected a cover-up for a gangland slaying. Her life story was told in the 1991 TV movie, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, with Loni Andersen playing the role of Thelma Todd.

The Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short, also known as the Black Dahlia, was a 22 year old actress who was found cut in half on January 15, 1947 in a vacant lot at 3925 South Norton Avenue. It is considered to be the most infamous murder case in the history of Hollywood. The body was found two blocks east of the Baldwin Hills, where Crenshaw Plaza Mall is today. The terrible murder has inspired several films, including the 1981 movie, True Confessions.

George Reeves

On July 1, 1959 at 1579 Benedict Canyon Drive, in Beverly Hills, George Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound. George Reeves was the first TV actor in Superman. His relatives believed that he was murdered, but the official ruling of his death was, that he had committed suicide. He was buried in the same suit that he wore on the TV show as “Clark Kent”.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her house on 12305 Fifth Helena Drive in Brentwood. She is said to have died from a drug overdose on August 4, 1962, but some people say that she really was murdered and her death was made to look like an accident.

John Belushi

John Belushi was found dead on March 5, 1982 at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. John Belushi was a comedian and actor, who died of an overdose of heroin and cocaine at the age of 33. He starred in movies like Animal House and The Blues Brothers.

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson died in 1985 in Beverly Hills. He was best known from his films with Doris Day, but he also played as Commissioner McMillan on TV's McMillan and Wife. He was among the first major stars to die of AIDS. His death helped bring the disease to the attention of the public.

O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson was a great American football star who enjoyed a second career in films. On June 17, 1994, he was arrested for the murder of his former wife, Nicole. She was found savagely murdered outside her Brentwoood townhouse along with her friend, Ronald Goldman. O.J. Simpson claimed to be innocent of the crime and after one of the longest and most-watched trials in history, he was found not guilty of all charges. The murder took place at Simpson's five million-dollar townhouse. The townhouse was an unusual tourist attraction during the months that followed the tragic incident. However, Simpson sold the house and in July 1998, the new owner levelled the site and built a new house.

 

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Now try the Deaths and Scandals activities. Click on a link below to open an activity in a new window.

 

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Sound and Vision

Click on a picture to hear some dialogue (speaking) from the film that the picture shows. Listen to the words and say them back. When you think you know them, click “What did the character say?” to find out if you are right. Look at the questions that follow. When you think you know the answer click on the question or “Name the film”. You should see the answer. You will need a media player such as RealPlayer™ or Windows Media Player™ to play the sound files, which are in .wav format. The copyright © in the images belongs to the various film studios. You are not allowed to use them for any financial gain.

Why choose these films? They are intended to show the variety of subjects, themes and styles within the English-speaking world. They are not chosen by a common shared theme or a narrow interest. They may give you a sense of the US and UK culture which is perhaps different from that of your own country. The fact that one can find these images shows their popularity.

For proficient users: You can understand, speak, read and write English fluently, effectively and spontaneously without assistance.

Remember to click on the picture!

Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the characters say? Which actors are speaking? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who are the Children of the Night? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who is the speaker? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who says this, to whom? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who is the actor? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? What is gin? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Where does he come from? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who says this and to whom? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Where is the film set? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? What happens to the ship? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? On what day does he say it? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who is the actor? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Who says this and to whom? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? Where is she going? Name the film
Click to hear dialogue from the film What did the character say? What is he trying to fix? Name the film

 

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Hooray for Hollywood

In this part of the Silver Screen, you can travel to Hollywood and find out about its past and present - the studios, the theatres and the famous sign. There are tests and quizzes to help you learn more about Tinseltown. You can choose to make the activity appear in a pop-up window or as a new page in this window.

For proficient users: You can understand, speak, read and write English fluently, effectively and spontaneously without assistance.

 

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Scandal at the Silver Screen

The Themepark has had its own scandal - you can read about it below, then try the activities that follow.

For proficient users: You can understand, speak, read and write English fluently, effectively and spontaneously without assistance.

A picture of Morris. Click on the picture for more information.

Not too many of the Babelnet Theme park employees are proud of what happened a few years back at the Silver Screen. It was a scandal. And it was one of the reasons why the Babelnet Themepark almost went bankrupt.

Morris Mandelberger, who had been the manager of the Silver Screen cinema since the park had opened, was taking money from the cash register. Finally, when he felt he had enough money, he bought a one-way air ticket to Brazil.

Everyone was shocked that Mr. Mandelberger could do such a thing. He seemed like such a kind man, who would never do a thing like stealing money. He was always at work even when he had the day off. He did the books and always kept things within his budget at least on paper. However, when the Babelnet team checked his books, they found he had taken over 2 million Euros. The Babelnet team and the theme park were almost bankrupt. They had to take emergency measures to get things running again. But luckily a billionaire, Mr. Howard Carnebuilt, donated 2 million Euros to save the theme park. So things are going well again and Morris Mandelberger is probably having the time of his life in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.

Now you have read the story of this scandal, try one of the activities below:

 

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