Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond

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Edinburgh University Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 310 pages
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Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond provides a detailed account of genre history and contemporary trends in film genre, alongside the critical debates they have provoked. The book ranges widely across the field, dealing separately and in detail with not only classic genres - including the Western, the musical, the war film, the gangster film, and film noir - but also more recent trends such as body-horror, Holocaust film, and the action blockbuster. Throughout the book, genre is presented as a constantly evolving phenomenon. Writing in a sophisticated yet accessible style, Barry Langford shows how notions of genre help shape the ways that filmmakers, critics and audiences view films and how the often complex scholarly debates around genre reflect important differences in the ways cinema is understood in relation to its social and historical contexts. The book encourages students to interrogate and broaden received ideas about genre.Key Features*Key text suitable for both undergraduate and advanced students*Detailed close analyses of key films (including The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and Singin' in the Rain)*Comprehensive bibliography and guide to further reading*Up-to-date and theoretically informed
  

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Contents

Who Needs Genres?
1
Before Genre Melodrama
29
Classical Paradigms
51
The Western Genre and History
54
The Musical Genre and Form
82
The WarCombat Film Genre and Nation
105
The Gangster Film Genre and Society
132
Transitional Fantasies
155
The Science Fiction Film
182
PostClassical Genres
207
Film Noir
210
The Action Blockbuster
233
Genre Breaking the Frame
257
Conclusion Transgenre?
273
Bibliography
279
Index
297

The Horror Film
158

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About the author (2005)


Barry Langford is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the Royal Holloway, University of London

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