Unformatted text preview: GENRE DISCUSSION Film evolves out of ideology. For example the Western has a historical life of growth,
change and decay. One reason it has changed and evolved is because our concepts of
history have changed. The revisionist historians have reflected the historical realities of
the West and revealed the problems with the Native Americans, the suffering and
hardship they endured as they were forced to the Reservations, and our concept of
manifest destiny that ended in genocide for many. The Western is particularly responsive
to thematic concerns deSpite its limited time (1850-1900). GENRE: Similar in subject matter, theme, characterization, plot formulas and
setting. Major genre in film: Melodrama/Comedy ICON: ' Familiar image used in many ﬁlms which helps the audience leap into
the story. Visual imagery: recurrent objects and figures in a dynamic
relationship, e. g. black hat, Monument Valley. MOTIF: A visual symbol or structural unit of plotline used many times within the ' context of one ﬁlm.
Example: 1) Paperweight in Citizen Kane. 2) Mike/Cord in Singing In The Rain CONVENTION: An accepted or ﬁxed practice; general custom or usage; a full
scene or piece of business. Example: Shootout in the Western ALLEGORY: A. literary, dramatic, or pictorial devise in which each character,
object and event symbolically illustrates a moral or religious
principle. MYTHIC: A real or "ﬁctional story (myth) that appeals to the consciousness of a people by embodying its cultural ideals or by giving
expression to deep, commonly felt emotions. METAPHOR: A ﬁgure of speech. It is an implicit comparison between to unlike
objects. Example: “The moon was a ghostly galleon. . .” ln ﬁlm, a metaphor can be verbal or visual. An example of a
metaphor is the “Walls of Jericho” in It Happened One Night. Questions for consideration: What is the central metaphor of the ﬁlm? Are there recurring motifs that support the main metaphor?
How do these elements support the theme? ...
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