The evolution ofACTION GENRE  Martelle Kumar
Over the years these high energy films have made some changes.
EARLY ACTION                                       1920’s- 1930’s1920s to the 1930s the predominant films were classic swa...
Early action                          WHYThe leap from sword fighting to spy movies/western styled   films in early action...
EARLY ACTION                                                1960’sDuring the 60s it was Ian Flemings larger than life crea...
EARLY ACTION                                              1970’sThe 70’s introduced a gritty dectective and urban crime dr...
DEVELOPING ACTION       1970’S
DEVELOPING ACTION                   COW BOY TO COPS Again the genre made changes to cater to the far from  niche audience....
EARLY ACTION                                              1980’sThe 1980s would see the action film take over Hollywood to...
EARLY ACTION              More family friendly?The comedy in action has increased to attract more.The one man army theme a...
ACTION           TodayTODAYS ACTION HAS BEENMOULDED BY THE OLDDEVELOPMENTS.EVERYTHING IN NEWACTION HAS BEENINFLUENCED BY O...
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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. DEVELOPING ACTION 1970’S
  8. 8. DEVELOPING 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’sThe 1980s would see the action film take over Hollywood to become a dominant form of summerblockbuster; literally "the action era" popularized by strong male.Rising comedian like Eddie Murphy smashed box office records with the action-comedy in 48hrs.Movies like lethal weapons (1989) proved that low-budget plots could attract millions. The one manarmy attracted loads.
  10. 10. EARLY ACTION More family friendly?The comedy in action has increased to attract more.The one man army theme attracted more and more
  11. 11. ACTION TodayTODAYS ACTION HAS BEENMOULDED BY THE OLDDEVELOPMENTS.EVERYTHING IN NEWACTION HAS BEENINFLUENCED BY OLD FILMS

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