film-genre - Film genre A recognizable type of movie characterized by certain preestablished conventions Genre film categories Western Sci-fi film

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Unformatted text preview: Film genre A recognizable type of movie, characterized by certain preestablished conventions. Genre film categories Western Sci-fi film Thriller Love story Fantasy Film noir Coming-of age Screwball comedy Horror Mad slasher Buddy film Woman’s film Farce Advantages of genre story telling Economy of storytelling Focus on archetypal ideas Comfort of the familiar Creativity within a norm Custom fit to ideas being explored Disadvantages Trades in stereotypes and clichés Constricts creativity within a formula Eliminates narrative suspense or surprise Westerns Foundation westerns Morality tales Nostalgic or ironic tales Horror films Mad scientist films Slasher films Zombie films Human abomination films Ghost stories Features of horror films Unfamiliar invading the familiar Threatening situations Nameless fears and anxieties Feelings of guilt Familiar terrain Contrast the known with unknown Creatures, monsters, crazed individuals Dissonant music Feelings of helplessness Safe world made unsafe made safe again Science fiction Utopian Dystopian Near future Distant future Space westerns Features of scifi films Confined by laws of physical universe (liberally interpreted) Engage in scientific discourse Engage in technological discourse Space travel Aliens Socio-political subtexts Documentary Topical Polemical Artistic Features of documentaries Nonfiction Actualities Documentation Window onto the world Always have a point of view Structured Has effect on events being filmed Life cycle of genres • Primitive • Classical • Revisionist • Parodic • Homage Primitive – – – Naïve Great emotional impact Establishes conventions • The Great Train Robbery • Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari • Golddiggers of 1933 Classical • Genre’s conventions well established • Balanced and rich execution of conventions • Stagecoach • Dracula • Frankenstein • The Wizard of Oz Revisionist • Turn to symbolic • Ambiguous relationship to values • Complex • More intellectual/less emotional • High Noon • Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nelly • Invasion of the Body Snatchers Parodic • Mocks the conventions • Exposes clichés • Produces laughter • Blazing Saddles • Rocky Horry Picture Show • Scary Movie Homage • Revisits the genre • References conventions without mocking them • Updates conventions • Open Range • Chicago • The Ring Comedy Uniqueness of appearances and plots Ability to affect audience attitudes Ability to generate laughter and good feeling Comedy II Constructed public ritual that: Generates laughter Enables us to acknowledge shameful desires Helps us recognize contradictory beliefs Subverts traditionally sanctioned selfdelusions Types of comedy Sight gags Screwball Slapstick Running gags Sentimental Romantic Black or dark Parody Satire ...
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