DC 205 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Al Pacino, Goodfellas, The Three Stooges

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DC 205 Week 8 Genres
Films with similar stories, settings, characters, plots, images, etc.
6 Common Elements of a Genre
The setting
Characters
Conflict
Resolution
Values affirmed (or re-affirmed)
Conventions/Iconography
Gangster Films
Scarface- popular because of sound, gangsters were evil and punished for what they did
Al Pacino Scarface- remake of scarface
The Godfather- treat gangsters as fully developed well rounded characters that were evil
but also human
Goodfellas- began to root for the gangsters
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Alien-space and horror
Metropolis- future
The Lord of the Rings- fantastical elements in a fantasy world
2001: A Space Odyssey- space
Horror
Rosemary’s Baby- occult film
Carrie- teen horror
Night of the Living Dead- zombie film
Universal’s Monster Films (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, etc.)
Slasher Films (Halloween)
Film Noir 1940s &50s crime films, cities, femme fatales
Chinatown- revisionist noir film
Westerns
Red River
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly- newer, hard to tell who was good and who was evil
Musicals
The Fairy Tale Musical- The Beauty and the Beast
The Folk Musical- Oklahoma!
The Backstage or Show Musical- Singing in the Rain
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