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Film Genre : Hollywood and Beyond - Barry Langford

Film Genre

Hollywood and Beyond

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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.

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.

Film Genre presents a thoroughgoing historical analysis, addressing the history of film production, the history of style, the history of individual genres and the history of genre criticism for each genre. Film International The author offers a hugely impressive yet concise account of genre theory, cycles and contemporary reportage - from Hollywood and beyond! Langford's book is a majextically informed achievement and a prodigiously detailed production. SCOPE: An Online Journal of Film Studies Film Genre presents a thoroughgoing historical analysis, addressing the history of film production, the history of style, the history of individual genres and the history of genre criticism for each genre. The author offers a hugely impressive yet concise account of genre theory, cycles and contemporary reportage - from Hollywood and beyond! Langford's book is a majextically informed achievement and a prodigiously detailed production.

Who needs genres?p. 1
Before genre : melodramap. 29
Classical paradigms
The western : genre and historyp. 54
The musical : genre and formp. 82
The war/combat film : genre and nationp. 105
The gangster film : genre and societyp. 132
Transitional fantasies
The horror filmp. 158
The science fiction filmp. 182
Post-classical genres
Film Noirp. 210
The action blockbusterp. 233
Genre : breaking the framep. 257
Conclusion : transgenre?p. 273
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ISBN: 9780748619030
ISBN-10: 0748619038
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.49