CTCS 190 Genre Classical - CTCS 190 Genre Classical Phase...

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CTCS 190 Genre: Classical Phase 29/10/2008 15:20:00 A.  Definition of Genre - a category of artistic composition characterized by  similarities in form, style, or subject; distinct type in which great number of specific kinds  of artwork are grouped 1. Content/form distinction o Similar in subjects, themes, moods, settings, plots, conflicts, character  types, styles, forms, intended effect on audience o Content is what is inside the work; what the work is about o Form is the way that the content is put together Editing, photography, lighting, etc. 2. Myths (story), conventions, and iconography as constituents of a genre o What you use to judge a group of films and categorize them o Conventions are things that separate genres by separating things that  other genres don’t have Musicals use singing and dancing Gangster uses gas-like dialogue o Iconography is a series of sights/sounds that repeat themselves from  film to film B.  Film Genres 1. Tragedy o An image of man going beyond the bounds, being true to his own self,  trying to break limits o Implies a man being heroic (active, responsible) o We don’t have the tragic vision today b/c this is the age of the anti- hero, man is passive Implies a significant universe; today we see the world as absurd  (godless) o Tragedy arouses fear and pity; requires thought and contemplation o Different sub-types of genre (look it up)
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o Idealist view of man o Makes you think 2. Comedy o An image of man being bound, fallible, flawed, limited (makes a point  about life) o Sub-types (Romantic comedy, farce, screwball, social satire, black  comedy, etc.) o Comedy is not real but exaggerated and stylized to keep audiences  outside the situation to create laughter o
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