This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Analysis Of The Psycho Thriller Genre With Particular Reference To Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction And Single White Female

2048 words - 8 pages

An analysis of The Psycho - Thriller Genre with particular reference to Basic Instinct (1992), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Single White Female (1992).Genre goes back to the earliest forms of cinema and was seen as a way of organising films according to type. It wasn't until the 1960's that Genre was introduced into the use of main stream theory. The French critic André Bazin was actually already using the term in the 1950's when making reference to the western. Narrative involves the telling of real or fictitious events. Narrative refers to the codes and conventions, which includes the mise-en-scene. Narrative in cinema tends to follow a fairly standard set of rules.The distinctive properties of a genre can be split into different categories. The narrative which includes similar plots and structures, predictable situations, sequences episodes, obstacles, conflicts and resolutions. Characterisation, which is where similar types of character perhaps even stereotype roles, are used, personal qualities, motivations, goals and behaviour. Basic Themes, topics, subject matter which could vary from Social- Cultural to Morals- Values and what Stanley Soloman refers to as 'Recurrent patterns of meaning'(Soloman 1995)Settings and location which must also incorporate geographical and historical settings.Some film Genres tend to be defined by their subject matter for example The Detective film and some by their settings for example The Western and others by their narrative form, The Musical. An advantage of Genres is that they can rely on the audience already having a knowledge and expectation about the film they are going to watch.Film industries repeat generic formulas because they know that they 'work' but introduce new technologies that shift and modernise generic conventions. This is also holds true to audiences who have their own expectations of familiar genres but also that of change and innovation.Problems can arise within the genre theory; genre can also produce sub-genres. For example, sub genre of war movies are the resistance films or prisoner of war film.Narrative reproduces the 'real' world, a world that the audience can identify with for example forces of good fighting those of evil. The motivation of the characters moves the story along to make a 'realist' narrative.Valdimir Propp analysed after looking at folk tales that regardless of individual differences in terms of plot, characters and setting, such narratives would share common structural features. Propp believed that particular characters had functions. These characters include 'the villain', 'the donor', 'the helper', 'the princess', 'her father', 'the dispatcher', 'the hero' and 'the false hero'.In Propps theory he believed that they were also thirty-one narrative units descriptive of particular actions. For instance 'a member of a family leaves home', 'a prohibition or rule is imposed on the hero and that prohibition is broken'.In mainstream cinema it is primarily the male who...

Find Another Essay On Analysis of the Psycho-Thriller genre with particular reference to Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction and Single White Female

Coevolution With Particular Reference to Herbivory

2185 words - 9 pages COEVOLUTION WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO HERBIVORY Of all the extant organisms in the world, it is believed that terrestrial plants and their natural ‘enemies’ constitute more than forty percent. Moreover, plants exhibit a remarkable diversity of supposedly defensive characteristics including trichomes, spines, silica, secondary chemical compounds, temporal avoidance of enemies, and structures along with chemicals that attract predators of

The Conventions of the Soap Opera Genre with Reference to at Least Two Programmes

3986 words - 16 pages The Conventions of the Soap Opera Genre with Reference to at Least Two Programmes The soap opera genre originated in America in the 1930s as a radio programme. It was targeted at housewives who tuned in while doing their household chores. Soaps included many domestic issues to keep the audience interested. The name “soaps” came from advertising slots between programmes. As the soaps were aimed at housewives, the

'The core function of the police should be to maintain order.' Discuss with particular reference to Wilson and Kelling's 'broken windows' thesis

2371 words - 9 pages ' struggle against destitution and hunger, while homeless children and drunks roamed the streets. London itself had doubled in size and the problems it faced, with a lack of adequate housing and the struggle for basic needs , spread outwards to neighbouring counties from its metropolitan core. As riots, strikes and public disorder increased, the beadles and watchmen employed to maintain order were seemingly ineffective and a need for a professional police

Chaucer's Use of the Female Gender to Shape His Text with Reference to Wife of Bath

1482 words - 6 pages Chaucer's Use of the Female Gender to Shape His Text with Reference to Wife of Bath With reference to Chaucer's Wife of Bath, we can clearly see how Chaucer uses the female gender to shape his text. Chaucer uses the female gender to show the many chacteristics or traits a female may have. He shows this through the tale of the Wife of Bath and the female characters in the tale such as the old women. Chaucer hopes to give us an insight

An investigation into the impact IT has had on the modern world with particular reference to business and social problems

3375 words - 14 pages to establish as it is usually only discovered by accident, with only about two percent of security breaches discovered as a result of positive action on the part of security staff. Hacking is often perpetrated by employees of a company who have acquired inside knowledge of particular user IDs and passwords. The ability of such hackers to carry out illegal actions without being detected is often hampered by the audit and monitor software that all

An Analysis Of How Narrative And Genre Create Meaning And Response In The Sequence Starting With Marion Crane’s Arrival At ‘The Bates Motel’, Ending With Her Murder In The Shower In Psycho By Alfred...

1960 words - 8 pages key requirement of the horror genre with innovation and disturbing efficiency.The chosen sequence contains one of the most important features of the film: the shift of concentration from Miss Crane to Master Bates. Robin Wood writes in his study of "˜Psycho': "The scene prepares us for the transference of our interests from Marion to Norman.". Through similar techniques to the ones used in the introduction of the original protagonist

With reference to three films, analyse how the meaning of a films narrative and genre are communicated through its title sequence

1552 words - 7 pages the iconic film sequences created by Bass is Psycho (1960). Even though this title sequence looks vividly simple, the coordination of image and sound is very strong and impressive. On a solid grey background, flat black lines enter the screen from the right hand side, which created a structured pattern and bringing with them uniform sections of cut up type. With a delicate play on foreground/background visual illusion, the flat lines leave to the

Critically evaluate assessment, planning and teaching processes with particular reference to children’s learning and development

981 words - 4 pages groups of around 4-6, the task was to plan and conduct an experiment to test the question ‘Do people with a bigger hand span grab more?’ (see appendices 2). Within the groups, there were children who understood the concept and those who did not (SEN, EAL, some low ability), I found that without having to deliver an extra input to these children, other members of the group explained the concept. The more knowledgeable peer might use different

Critically evaluate assessment, planning and teaching processes with particular reference to children’s learning and development

1576 words - 7 pages teaching until the 1960’s and was evident in didactic teaching, where all learning is knowledge based and is very much led by the teacher. Knowledge and skills to be learnt are chosen by the teacher and direct transmission of knowledge results in children learning. These concepts have led to the coined phrase ‘children are empty vessels to be filled with knowledge’. The common image of a classroom was until the 1960’s that of a teacher at the front

Impact of Banking Sector on Agricultural Development of India with particular reference to Maharashtra – Theoretical perspective

2190 words - 9 pages Impact of Banking Sector on Agricultural Development of India with particular reference to Maharashtra - Theoretical perspective.Vivek V. Patil*1) Introduction :-Agriculture probably is the oldest profession for livelihood for major portion of the population in our country. Nature and type of farming , however, underwent conspicuous changes during the course of socio-economic transformation which has now attended technologically advanced

Analysis of the provision in your setting with reference to theory and guidance

1093 words - 5 pages This assignment will analyse the provision in a setting with reference to theory and guidance, using the National standards, the EYFS guidelines and OFSTED. I currently work in Tameside College Nursery as a Nursery Nurse. My job requires me to work with children between the ages of six months old and five years old as well as being responsible for a small group of children known as my key children. We have three rooms, Ladybird room, Caterpillar

Similar Essays

Discuss The Use Of Psychoanalytic Concepts Of Identification, Fetishism, Voyeurism And Narcissism To Cinema With Detailed Reference To At Lease One Film. Film: Basic Instinct

3124 words - 12 pages lack of consideration for spectator difference, the roles of women in film that do not fit with the theory, the role of women as spectators is not very clear and the fixed identity which the theory suggests does not always stay fixed on one character. These are just a few problems but one must understand that film theory is relatively new and ideas on psychoanalysis are still expanding. Verhoeven's 1992 film Basic Instinct shall be used to discuss

Assess The Impact Of The Invention Of Transistors On Society With Particular Reference To Their Use In Microchips And Microprocessors

406 words - 2 pages ; head office, between parents and young children away from home. Mobile phones allowed contact between people who don't have access to a landline phone.The development of robots having higher intelligence and cheaper cost is only possible with the extensive use of microprocessors. Robots are now used in large factories to do repetitive manual work once done by human beings.The development of bombs having very high accuracy has changed the value of

With Reference To The Concepts Of Post Modernity Discuss "24" In Terms Of Its Contradiction In Narrative, Genre And Representation

3347 words - 13 pages With reference to the concepts of Post modernity discuss 24 in terms of its contradiction in narrative, genre and representation.This essay will discuss the broad concepts of representation, narrative and genre in relation to the theory of Post modernity.The text I have chosen to illustrate the points raised in this essay is a series that is currently running it's third season on TV called 24, broadcast by Fox Television and created by Robert

Give A Brief Analysis Of Current Banking Regulation Within The United Kingdom, With Particular Reference To The Threat Of Systemic Risk

1904 words - 8 pages safety and soundness of the financial system and economic neutrality in the allocation of credit with the ultimate goal to safeguard confidence in the banking system" . As an upshot of the secondary banking crisis in the early 1970's the 1979 Banking Act was introduced . This set out the first regulatory requirements which banks had to adhere to . The collapse of Bearings and the Bank for Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) prompted further