Discussion Point
How far are your cinema-going
decisions influenced by generic
enjoyment?
Genre
a. Kind; sort; style
b. A particular style or category of works of
art; esp. a type of literary work
characterized b...
LO:
• To understand what genre signifiers are.
• To pick out generic signifiers relevant to
specific genres.
Genre signifi...
Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974)
‘Chicken & Egg’ dilemma.
Commonly recognized formal
elements and common features of a
sp...
Genre signifiers
Romance
Horror
Science Fiction
Action
Western
Fantasy
Round Robin
What colours and
costume would you
associate with your
genre?
Round Robin
MOVE POSTERS ROUND…
What character
types would you
expect?
Round Robin
MOVE POSTERS ROUND…
What objects,
props and symbols
do you associate
with the genre?
Round Robin
MOVE POSTERS ROUND…
What settings do
you associate with
this genre?
Round Robin
MOVE POSTERS ROUND…
What music types
and sounds to you
expect?
Round Robin
MOVE POSTERS ROUND…
What plotlines are
typical of this
genre?
Genre hybrids
 You will rarely watch a ‘pure’ genre film.
 Most films typically include a romantic
storyline- however, t...
Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974)
Tudor commented that the best way to view
these SIGNIFIERS were by watching film
parodie...
Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974)
 Different cultures may not share the same
pre-conceptions of genre:
East Asia: Wuxia g...
Discussion Point
Tudor claims that the notion of
‘genre’ is ineffective. Discuss
whether you agree or disagree with
this s...
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    1. 1. Discussion Point How far are your cinema-going decisions influenced by generic enjoyment?
    2. 2. Genre a. Kind; sort; style b. A particular style or category of works of art; esp. a type of literary work characterized by a particular form, style, or purpose.
    3. 3. LO: • To understand what genre signifiers are. • To pick out generic signifiers relevant to specific genres. Genre signifiers Monday 23rd September 2013
    4. 4. Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974) ‘Chicken & Egg’ dilemma. Commonly recognized formal elements and common features of a specific genre need to be identified.
    5. 5. Genre signifiers Romance Horror Science Fiction Action Western Fantasy
    6. 6. Round Robin What colours and costume would you associate with your genre?
    7. 7. Round Robin MOVE POSTERS ROUND… What character types would you expect?
    8. 8. Round Robin MOVE POSTERS ROUND… What objects, props and symbols do you associate with the genre?
    9. 9. Round Robin MOVE POSTERS ROUND… What settings do you associate with this genre?
    10. 10. Round Robin MOVE POSTERS ROUND… What music types and sounds to you expect?
    11. 11. Round Robin MOVE POSTERS ROUND… What plotlines are typical of this genre?
    12. 12. Genre hybrids  You will rarely watch a ‘pure’ genre film.  Most films typically include a romantic storyline- however, this does not categorize such films as ‘Romance’. What films can you think of that are genre hybrids?
    13. 13. Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974) Tudor commented that the best way to view these SIGNIFIERS were by watching film parodies- in order for the humour to work an understanding of generic traits is needed. What film parodies can you think of where the understanding of generic traits is important to the humour of the film?
    14. 14. Andrew Tudor (Genre Theory, 1974)  Different cultures may not share the same pre-conceptions of genre: East Asia: Wuxia genre European culture: Swashbuckling movies The key component in both being swordplay and honour.  Therefore Tudor finds notions of genre ineffective- too many ‘free-floating’ variables.
    15. 15. Discussion Point Tudor claims that the notion of ‘genre’ is ineffective. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement.

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