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Form 20-F

In the USA, the form required by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the filing of annual results by non-US companies.

snakes

snakes  

Proverbial allusions to the snake focus on its venomous bite as representing a lurking danger; it is a type of deceit and treachery, as with reference to the fable by Aesop, in which the man who had ...
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A historical document. The plural form is also applied to the place where such documents are housed, e.g. a county record office.
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The total value of a person's net assets. Wealth may be held in various forms: these include money, shares in companies, debt instruments, land, buildings, intellectual property such as patents and ...
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Egypt  

Pre‐PtolemaicDuring the New Kingdom (Dynasties 18–20, c.1575–1087bc) Egypt expanded into Asia. This great age of Egyptian militarism created in the 18th Dynasty an empire which stretched from the ...
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Magic bullet a medicine or other remedy with wonderful or highly specific properties, especially one that has not yet been discovered. Recorded from the mid 20th century, the term may come from ...
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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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2020
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Media studies
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519 words

...of 20th century, Josef Engl , Joseph Massole , and Hans Vogt in Germany developed their Tri-Ergon sound on film process. Lee De Forest in the US further developed the technology; and De Forest’s Phonofilm process was used to make a number of short films between 1923 and 1927. With further refinement by Theodore W. Case and E.I. Sponable , Phonofilm formed the basis for Fox Film Corporation’s Fox Movietone sound process, which was used from 1927 for the first sound newsreel , as well as for high profile feature films such as Sunrise ( F.W....

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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Media studies
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...within larger multinational multimedia conglomerates, including Viacom (Paramount, Dreamworks SKG), News Corporation (20th Century-Fox), NBC-Universal (Universal Pictures), Sony (Sony Pictures/Columbia), Time Warner (Warner Bros/New Line), and The Walt Disney Company (including Miramax and Touchstone). However, the corporate landscape of the studio system is subject to constant change, with Disney merging with 20th Century-Fox in 2019 to form the world’s largest entertainment conglomerate with a 35 per cent market share of the North American box office. Most...

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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Media studies
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...characters, locations, or actions—also made its way from European opera into Hollywood cinema. This avowedly classical approach (somewhat dated by the mid 20th century) was often mixed with vernacular musical styles, including folk music of various national origins (particularly Eastern Europe and Latin America) and jazz. This hybrid form can be seen in a film such as Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans ( F.W. Murnau , 1927 ), where the idealized country setting is marked with a series of romantic classical motifs and the dangerous, threatening city is figured...

Hollywood

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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2020
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...shift to digital cinema , problems with piracy ( see copyright ), and renewed competition from television with companies such as Netflix now producing their own films. This corporate landscape is subject to constant change: in 2019 Disney merged with (key parts of) 20th Century-Fox to form the world’s largest entertainment conglomerate (and film studio), with a 35 per cent market share of the North American box office. Hollywood cinema—or rather critics’ love‐hate relationship with it—was immensely formative in the emergence of the discipline of film...

horror film

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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2020
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Media studies
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...films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( Tobe Hooper , 1974 ) and The Hills Have Eyes ( Wes Craven , 1977 ) revel in the apocalyptic destruction of the nuclear family and patriarchy; and this political instinct persists in the Purge horror films series (US, 2013–20 ), which has been read as symptomatic of the adversarial US political culture of the 2010s ( see ideological criticism ; politics and film ). As Abbot and Costello’s 1940s parodies of the Universal monster movie cycle indicate, the horror genre has also always been subject to a...

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