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Film Studies 1020E
Barbara Bruce

Film lecture Week 18 – Introduction to Genre Studies lecture outline: - genre  genre study = studying a group of films  classic genres  subgenres  genre hybrids  Thomas Schatz: “Simply stated, a genre film—whether a Western or a musical, a screwball comedy or a gangster film—involves familiar, one-dimensional characters acting out a predictable story pattern within a familiar setting”  Buscombe  outer form • visual conventions o convention: “a tacit agreement between the artist and the audience with respect to established practices and beliefs”  inner form • story, themes, meanings - the “non-genre” film  Schatz:  personal and psychological development of a ‘central character’ or protagonist  we relate to in terms of our own ‘real-world’ experiences”  unconventional conflicts, plots  resolution through the achievement of understanding  motifs  problems with the conception of the “non-genre” film - development of the genre film  Francois Truffaut: film as sociological event  the Hollywood genre film – box office and sneak previews are used to measure how successful a movie is.  1. studio factory production system • “stables” of directors, writers, actors, crew  2. feedback system • Schatz: “we may consider a genre film not only as some filmmaker’s artistic expression, but further as the cooperation between artists and audience in celebrating their collective values and ideals” • cycles  3. conventionalization • conventions • iconography or icons, which are symbolic images that carry meaning from film to film - the power of the genre film  for the audience – if it doesn’t reflect our cultural fears and desires the filmmakers wont replicate the film again. If a film becomes a hit the audience wants the same film show in a different way  for the filmmaker  Buscombe: • “The artist brings to the genre his or her own concerns, techniques, and capacities—in the widest sense, a style—but receives from the genre a formal pattern that directs and disciplines the work” (22) • “a genre is not a mere collection of dead images waiting for a director to animate it, but a tradition with a life of its own” (25) - Night of the Living Dead
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