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  Cinematic genre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Typically, genres are formed of films that share similarities in the narrative elements from which they are constructed.
Some groupings may be casually described as genres but this definition is questionable; for example, independent films are sometimes discussed as if they are a genre, but in fact independent production does not determine a film's storyline, and they can belong to any genre.
Some have argued that genre needs to be distinguished from style; the latter describes the choices made about such things as cinematography, editing, and sound and a particular style can be applied to any genre.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Film_genre   (395 words)

 Film Genres Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Film noir is a distinct branch of the crime/gangster sagas from the 1930s.
Melodramas are a sub-type of drama films, characterized by a plot to appeal to the emotions of the audience.
Musical/dance films are cinematic forms that emphasize full-scale song and dance routines in a significant way (usually with a musical or dance performance as part of the film narrative), or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography.
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 Film Genres
Musical/dance films are cinematic forms that emphasize full-scale scores or song and dance routines in a significant way (usually with a musical or dance performance integrated as part of the film narrative), or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography.
War films acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting (against nations or humankind) on land, sea, or in the air provide the primary plot or background for the action of the film.
All films have at least one major genre, although there are a number of films that are considered crossbreeds or hybrids with three or four overlapping genre (or sub-genre) types that identify them.
www.filmsite.org /genres.html   (1443 words)

 Film Genres
Thus, the film noir always includes some image of dark city streets glistening at night with fresh rain, tough guys, anti-heroes ensnared by treacherous femme fatales, murder plot s and an unhappy ending which usually includes the defeat of the hero.
Thematically, film noir grapples with existential issues such as the futility of individual action; the alienation of modern man; the problematic choice between being and nothingness; the individual versus industrialized society; the arbitrariness of social justice which results in individual despair leading to paranoia and chaos.
Film noir registers the antifeminist backlash by providing a picture of postwar USA in which there is no family.
www.maricarmenmartinez.com /filmgenres.html   (1164 words)

 ninemsn Encarta - Search Results - Film Genres
Film Genres, categories of film characterized by frequently recurring patterns of form, style, and, particularly, subject matter.
There was a strong and distinctive visual style associated with film noir, which affected the look of films in other genres.
Film Music, music incorporated into the soundtrack of a film or performed as accompaniment to a silent film.
au.encarta.msn.com /Film_Genres.html   (105 words)

 A Film Critics Guide Book
Films of the 40's and 50's relied more on talent and script, while films of the 80's and 90's rely more on big budgets, action and special effects.
Films which are made to show natural or mechanical disasters, with large death-tolls, that have befallen mankind.
The film has a certain bit of maturity, especially during some scenes with Mayo and Kaye, and it some times catches you off guard because of the year the film was released.
www.mecfilms.com /critic1.htm   (4234 words)

 FilM StudieS: CourseS : FilM GenreS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Topics central to the genre include the representation of violent racial and cultural conflict, the "frontier thesis" as historical explanation of national identity, anxiety about technology and urbanization, conflicting claims of democracy and capitalism, and competing versions of masculinity.
Films that may be shown include: The Exorcist, Dressed To Kill, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, Peeping Tom, Dracula, The Island Of Lost Souls, Rosemary's Baby, American Psycho, Last House On The Left, Dr.
In this course we will analyze the science-fiction film genre, from the pods, blobs, and paranoia of the class fifties films to the androids, cyborgs, and postmodern implosions of more recent films.
www.ric.edu /filmstudies/sub.genres.html   (616 words)

 film genres
Film genres participate in this process by sorting out the different values and ideals a social order requires to be internalized if it is to survive.
These films frequently feature detectives who operate on the edge of the law as hard-bitten loners only marginally able to relate to women (who are frequently the source of evil).
A genre is as real as a language and exerts similar pressures through its network of codes, meeting similar instances of stolid conformity and playful challenge.
myweb.wvnet.edu /~jelkins/film04/genre.html   (1174 words)

 Welcome to Create Your Screenplay
Genres, well understood, provide the writer with compass bearings on the style, tone, character types, themes and structure that will enrich and direct the telling of the screen story.
Discussing genres of movies might just be a way of describing the history of moviemaking—a method of grouping motion pictures for whatever convenient need arises for whatever individual or group.
The Film Noir: From the standpoint of the way I prefer to define a "genre"——that is, defining the genre according to the nature of the central struggle——this type of film is more of a stylistic categorization.
www.createyourscreenplay.com /genres.html   (1104 words)

Art Film: beginning in 1907 with the French producers' failed attempt to raise filmic quality to that of theatre and art by creating the Compagnie de Film d'Art, certain films gained art status through the significance of their experimental and aesthetic explorations.
Thus a distinction developed in the 1950's between commercial films marketed for a mass audience, and those films whose aim was creative license and artistic independence to be viewed by a more discriminating audience.
Film Noir: Originally a French term, now in common usage to indicate a film with a gritty, urban setting that deals with mainly dark or violent passions in a downbeat way.
www.cariboo.bc.ca /canfilm/film_genres.htm   (1355 words)

 Greenwood Publishing Group I1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The 14 genres considered here by film scholar contributors other than Gehring include the adventure film, the western, the gangster film, film noir, the WW II combat film, the horror film, science fiction, fantasy, the musical, melodrama, the social problem film, the biographical film, and the art film.
The discussion of fine comedy genres by Gehring himself is far more extensive than in other genre studies, embracing screwball comedy, populist comedy, parody, fl humor, and clown comedy.
With the increased sophistication of film scholarship in recent decades, the traditional motion picture categories are often found too limited to provide a workable basis for exploring the medium.
info.greenwood.com /books/0313247/0313247153.html   (410 words)

 Refiguring American Film Genres
Rather than assuming that genres are self-evident categories, the contributors offer innovative ways to think about types of films, and patterns within films, in a historical context.
The range of essays is exceptional, from David J. Russell's insights into the horror genre to Carol J. Clover's provocative take on "trial films" to Leo Braudy's argument for the subject of nature as a genre.
The contributors confront the poststructuralist critique of genre head-on; together they are certain to shape future debates concerning the viability and vitality of genre in studying American cinema.
www.ucpress.edu /books/pages/6928.html   (169 words)

 Review of Refiguring American Film Genres
This identification of genres with their distinctive icons was reinforced in the `70s.
The two genres, separated previously, synthesized during the `30s and `40s and separated again The concentration was on making the immigrant an American, homogenizing society.
The fascinating subject of film noir is discussed by Vivian Sobchack in "Lounge time: Postwar Crimes and the Chronotope of Film Noir." World War II was supposedly America's good war.
www.h-net.msu.edu /~filmhis/reviews/29_1-2/book/refiguring_american_genres.htm   (940 words)

 Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Film and TV Connection, an established entertainment industry school where students train for careers in the film, TV and video fields.
Women in Film and Video.Women in Film and Video (WIFV) of Washington, DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, multimedia, and related disciplines.
Films about war or films which were influenced in some way by war.
www.zeroland.co.nz /movies_cinema.html   (439 words)

 Film Genres-Cinema Studies
Films by Genre: 775 categories, styles, trends, and movements defined, with a filmography for each.
Western Films 2: an annotated critical bibliography from 1974 to 1987.
Western Films and Western Films 2 are similar in organization, offering critical annotations to reference sources, criticism, history, individuals, performers, directors, theories, and comparative studies.
www.utoronto.ca /innis/library/cinemagenres.html   (489 words)

 Film Genres 3D Film Action Film Animation Documentary short Art Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Films are often divided into genres, which describe the typical subject matter - - what the film is about.
This is distinct from film styles, which describes filmic conventions which can be applied to any genre.
Of course, the more that genres are defined, the more likely that a filmmaker will try to combine, transcend and evade categories, so not every film can be neatly labeled.
www.cinemateca.org /film/film_genres.htm   (131 words)

 Film Genres: An Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The authors of the pack I think will succeed in their aim of showing students that genre is a "dynamic and flexible concept that can be useful in understanding some, but not all, film texts".
The way the film industry relies on genre is covered engagingly in Unit 3, 'Hollywood and Genre', in part through a 'producer's game' in which players must predict future box office successes by identifying elements in current hits.
The pleasures of genre films for audiences are considered in relation to horror in unit 4 'Audiences and Genre', and genres outside Hollywood are given space, too, with a case study of British Cinema - including a discussion of the Carry On series.
www.mediaed.org.uk /posted_documents/filmgenres.htm   (331 words)

 FAQ - Dmoz/Arts/Movies/Genres/Film_Noir
Film noir is French for a genre of approximately 490 movies made between 1941 and 1958.
Everyone has their own list of what is "in" as noir and what is "out." Some films, like Casablanca are incorrectly regarded as noir simply because it is in fl and white, has a sad ending, and stars Humphrey Bogart.
Film noir is supposed to kind of turn you on your head.
dmoz.org /Arts/Movies/Genres/Film_Noir/faq.html   (345 words)

 Film Genres | Film Categorizations | Cinematic Genres | Questia.com Online Library
...the circumstances under which a film was made or how it was accepted...general scope of the work, certain genres have been omitted.
The musical was a comparative latecomer to film genres, and while earlier types of film have...
In film media it is the same...within historical film and deals with mythic...splinter into further sub-...
questia.com /library/communication/media-studies/film/film-genres.jsp   (670 words)

 Binghamton Univ. Libraries: Subjects: Cinema: Film Genres
Entries for silent films produced after 1911 are for feature-length films only.
Detailed information on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film.
Genres covered include cult films, film noir, detective, action, fantasy, science fiction, westerns, mysteries, musicals, etc.
library.lib.binghamton.edu /subjects/cinema/genres.html   (169 words)

 Irish Genres in Cinema and Television
This research program aims to examine through the critical prism of genre theory and criticism the remarkable rise in Irish fiction film production in the last twenty-five years in Ireland, and also the employment of “Irish-ness” in American and British films in the same period.
It is clear that these concerns are also relevant to cinema and cultural studies generally, and to public policy in relation to the funding and encouragement of narrative films.
The 2005 conference schedule is on the website, and a published collection of essays from the conference will likely appear in 2006, and will be announced here.
www.irishfilmgenres.com   (441 words)

 CTA 223: Film Crticism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
To find books on the theory of film genres and works discussing film genres collectively, use the subject heading film genres.
Works on a specific film genre are entered under the heading for the genre, e.g.
Discusses a film in terms of various historical, social or psychological contexts; artistic trends, and cinema styles.
library.ups.edu /instruct/ricig/cta223b.htm   (583 words)

 ENGLISH 495: HOLLYWOOD FILM GENRES, 1950S/1990S   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Though the term genre is borrowed from literary analysis, its applications in the cinema are both numerous and familiar: knowing something about a film's genre not only provides us with clues about how to respond to its characters and story, but often determines whether we want to see it in the first place.
This semester we will watch and discuss several films in several well-defined genres (westerns, sci fi, film noir) from the 1950s and the 1990s--two relatively conservative decades--and try to determine the ways that genre films succeed (or fail) by both satisfying and frustrating our expectations as viewers.
The film reviews are designed to supplement the class's range of reference and will correspond to the various films on the syllabus; see the attached signup sheet.
umsl.edu /divisions/artscience/english/faculty/grady/grady_eng495.htm   (633 words)

 Film and Movies, Title
Film as Drama (old) For help with the Basic Aesthetics, go to 200X Files, for specifics of Filmmaking -- to Film Direction; for acting for the screen -- Method Acting.
Theatre UAF is still a coordinator of "film minor" and we have BA with the emphasis in video directing.
Analysis of Landmark Cinema = Critical analyses of classic foreign and independent cinema: Strictly Film School is a dynamic, evolving personal homage journal dedicated to the analysis of landmark world cinema from an academic perspective: universal themes, symbols and imagery, historic context and artistic genres.
film.vtheatre.net /title.html   (1922 words)

 Open Directory - Arts:Movies:Genres:Film Noir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sites devoted to specific films should be submitted to the appropriate letter category under Arts/Movies/Titles.
These films evolved in the 1940s and lasted in a classic period until about 1960.
Genre that boasts a prefix, as filmmakers have increasingly transposed those atmospheric elements typical of one of the cinema's favorite genres from their original genesis in post-war angst to the stressed-out present day, so successfully as to banish any sense of the hybrid.
dmoz.org /Arts/Movies/Genres/Film_Noir/desc.html   (262 words)

 TCOM 363 - Film Genres.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Study of the general types and forms of film expressions, each identified with a specific tradition.
Film genres include westerns, screwball comedies, gangster films, musicals, etc. Prerequisite: pre-telecommunications core courses with C (2.0) or better grades in each, and a 2.5 grade-point average for these courses; or permission of the instructor.
Open only to telecommunications majors and minors and film minors.
www.bsu.edu /cim/course/0,1481,39099-5187--TCOM-363,00.html   (61 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Science Fiction Film (Genres in American Cinema)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Science Fiction Film examines one of the most enduring and popular genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the science fiction film reflects attitudes toward science, technology, and reason as they have evolved in American culture over the course of the twentieth century.
He also sketches a history of the genre, from its earliest literary manifestations to the present, while touching on and comparing it to pulp fiction, early television science fiction, and Japanese animÈ.
Whenever students of film approach the science fiction genre, it appears they immediately find themselves facing a kind of paradox, one akin to the problematic logic built into the form's combinatory designation - that is, as science and fiction, as fact and fabrication.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0521596475?v=glance   (1027 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Film/Genre   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Recognizing that the very term "genre" has different meanings for different groups, he bases his new genre theory on the uneasy competitive yet complimentary relationship among genre users and discusses a huge range of films from The Great Train Robbery to Star Wars and from The Jazz Singer to The Player.
Altman assumes an ignorant reader in his spotty descriptions of genre and its development and subsequently deluges the reader with bizarre references and highly conservative opinions presented as well-understood fact.
Genre history is touched upon but never developed, and chapter divisions are somewhat random.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0851707173?v=glance   (967 words)

 Film Resources from Artslynx
This is the most extensive collection of periodical links dealing with film and video to be found on the net.
Lots of fun stuff, collections of info on various genres, film festivals, etc. may be found in this section.
In addition to the history/research section, this section is of special use to the scholar/teacher/student of film and video.
www.artslynx.org /film   (232 words)

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