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Development Of Film I Writing Assignment 1 Spring 96

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GenreDevelopment of Film I Writing Assignment 1 Spring 96March 19, 1996gen·regen·re (zhän're) noun1. A type or class: 'Emaciated famine victims . . . on television focused a new genre of attention on the continent' (Helen Kitchen).2. a. A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, marked by a distinctive style, form, or content: 'his six String Quartets . . . the most important works in the genre since Beethoven's' (Time). b. A realistic style of painting that depicts scenes from everyday life.[French, from Old French, kind, from Latin genus, gener-.] Genre as a style of an artwork has been around since the man first created plays ...view middle of the document...

In horror films certain attributes, like a hint of 'evil still alive' in the end, or 'boots' in detective movies became a label, because viewer is mostly lazy and glad to see something familiar, or something that he/she was expecting. Genre is very helpful for the industry of film. It helps to categorize movies, and to make sure that people will see what they want to see. Walking into any video rental will clarify this statement. It also helps directors and screenplay writers to write and produce the movie that will be right for the time of the year, economical mood, politics and fashion--making sure that it will sell. There is always a dark side to any good factor. Genre has 'killed' many artists who tried to work in a new style. Audiences were displeased, because they saw something they didn't expect. The above mentioned Chaplin had encountered this problem when sound came out in 1927, and when he tried to do a drama type of a movie. In the modern time, many actors suffer from changing their genre--they do not get recognized in new fields, causing negative responses from critics. The good example of that would be Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes in 'To Wong Fu'. Two actors, one working in action, another in romantic/action starring in a 'Drag-flick'. It worked as a shock, but didn't bring much success to the actors. Industry dependent on genre films suffers from lack of creativity on the style part. There can't be something completely...

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