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The evolution of action film genre


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The evolution of action film genre

  1. 1. The evolution ofACTION GENRE Martelle Kumar
  2. 2. Over the years these high energy films have made some changes.
  3. 3. EARLY ACTION 1920’s- 1930’s1920s to the 1930s the predominant films were classic swashbuckling movies where heroes would battle villains with the swords. Heros like Douglas Fairbanks as a "Swashbuckler“ Swashbuckler films are an action-adventure subgenre often characterised by swordfighting and adventurous heroic characters.Mainly set in Western Europe in the period between the late Renaissance and the age of reason with appropriately lavish costumes. 1940’s-1950’s In the 40s and 50s War Movies, Cowboy Movies, and Spy Adventure Films took the stage as the top action films of the time.
  4. 4. Early action WHYThe leap from sword fighting to spy movies/western styled films in early action may be because of the change in culture. Spy and western were more realistic than sword fighting. The costumes became more normal and associated to the theme, it therefore became more realistic to the audience
  5. 5. EARLY ACTION 1960’sDuring the 60s it was Ian Flemings larger than life creation, James Bond.. It was inspired by movieslike North by Northwest (A 1959 American thriller) and The Guns of Navarone(a 1961 British-American Action/Adventure war film)The James Bond dominated the 60s.Part of their appeal were the larger than life characters (both heroes and villains). A great feature ofthe Bond movies was that 007 was basically a "one man army."He would dispatch his opponents with either fist fights, weapons or futuristic gadgetry.The Bond films were also adorned with many car chases and Martial Arts combat.
  6. 6. EARLY ACTION 1970’sThe 70’s introduced a gritty dectective and urban crime dramas shaped the a new ‘action style’Movies like Dirty Harry (1971) entailed featured the convention of intense car chase inspired by thepopular stunt work in previous the Bond films. Movies dismissed western themes and showed that themodern world offered just as much glamour, excitement, and potential for violence as the old west.These films brpught an end of the prolific "cowboys and Indians" era of film westerns.long with this change came the major introduction to Martial Arts Action. Movies like You Only LiveTwice, enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris
  7. 7. EARLY ACTION 1970’SA gate way to a new culture wass exposed as audiences were facinated by martial art films in 1970’sThe cross-pollenization of genres (such as spy-films and war movies, or westerns and detectivedramas) would become the norm in the 1980s. It should also be noted however, that the 1970s sawthe introduction of martial-arts film to western audiences.
  8. 8. EARLY ACTION COW BOY TO COPS Again the genre made changes to cater to the far from niche audience. The gritty cop feel became popularbecause it was within belief. The bond era created a new field to see authority and underground villains
  9. 9. EARLY ACTION 1980’s The 1980s would see the action film take over Hollywood to become a dominant form of summer blockbuster; literally "the action era" popularized by strong malerising comedianlike Eddie murthy smashed box office records with the action-comedy in ,The film proved to be successful and was followed with a sequel in 1985, Rambo:firs bloodwhich became the most successful film in the series and made the character John Rambo a pop cultural icon.• Movies like lethal weapons (1989) proved that low-budget action plots (like a maverick cop with
  10. 10. EARLY ACTIONComedians became more common to appeal to a bigger audience