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Genre Analysis

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Lecture 4 - Part One

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Genre Analysis

  1. 1. Genre Analysis (part One) <ul><li>SMST 101 The Moving Image </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture 3 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>The word genre comes from the French (and originally Latin) word for 'kind' or 'class' </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chandler, D., (2008) http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/intgenre/intgenre1.html </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>(genre) has taken as its principal task the division of the world of literature into types and the naming of those types </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l71aQC4FRBc </li></ul>
  5. 5. Romantic Comedy?
  6. 6. <ul><li>“The rationale of the test audiences who disliked the ending seems to be that Aniston, who has gone through very public personal issues, deserved a happy ending and to keep her guy.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Problematic Genre Can films always be categorised? Sticking to the Formula Knowing when to break the conventions
  8. 8. <ul><li>Genre? </li></ul><ul><li>Should it be categorised? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Tarantino want it to fit a genre? </li></ul>Kill bill
  9. 9. Breaking With Convention <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVHWJ9jPYw8 </li></ul><ul><li>When? </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Cycles of change... </li></ul>
  10. 10. American Sitcoms <ul><li>I Love Lucy (adapted from radio) </li></ul><ul><li>1980s The happy family - The Cosby Show, Step-by-Step, Full House </li></ul><ul><li>1990s - The dysfunctional family - The Simpsons, Roseanne, Married with Children, The Fresh Prince </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘family of friends’ - Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Unconventional - Scrubs, Sex and the City, Seinfeld </li></ul><ul><li>Californication? </li></ul>
  11. 11. 1990s - 2000s ‘horror’ <ul><li>Beginning: Scream (1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>Formula imitated: </li></ul><ul><li>Sequels produced: Scream 2, </li></ul><ul><li>Parody: Scary Movie </li></ul><ul><li>Parody imitated! </li></ul><ul><li>Conventions Broken: Ghost Movies - Sixth Sense, The Others, The Ring </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries Challenged (new genre(s)?): American Pie, Saw </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stars who define a genre
  13. 14. RoB Schneider <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH2mS5Wm7N0 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Denzel WashingTon
  15. 17. Art-house as a genre?
  16. 18. Why discuss film in terms of genre?

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