What is genre?
Genre means type, it’s the type of film or TV show, genre has thousands of categories. it’s how we differentiate films and how we can set a target audience and thin about ages amongst other things. The first film genre was film noir, they said it was important because of how it’s artistic and how it was going to be the future. There are many categories such as fantasy, horror, action, thriller rom-com’s, sci-fi, western and of course film noir. There are many subcategories probably pages with the genres have expanded massively since film noir.
A few genre expectations are like:
Sci-Fi: we expect things like it to be futuristic, it to have aliens, space, robots and seemingly advanced technology.
Western: we expect horses, cowboys, hats, guns, tumbleweed and a saloon also to have lots of sun and lots of desert.
Thriller: we expect implied violence, a plot twist, relatable, to fear the normal and having a location to be feared.
This is a generalisation of what we expect from these genres they are not always displayed in the films however these are typical aspects of the genre type.
How to Analyse genre
- Mise-en-scene, what is in a scene
- Iconography- objects in the scene, props semiology analysing clothing
- Narrative- how the story is told i.e. voice overs or indents
- Technology- – how is it being used in lighting sound SFX
Some history and background
Film Noir originated from France after the second world war, where film from America started to be viewed on screens in France. Films such as the Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Idemnity (1944) and Gilda (1946), a wide range of films reflecting the resultant tensions and insecurities of the time period, and counterbalanced the optimism of Hollywood’s musicals and comedies. the criminal, violent, hard-boiled, misogynistic, or greedy prospectives of the anti-protagonist were a metaphoric symptom of society’s evils. there were rarely happy endings in Film noir.
Film noir – films (2016) Available at: http://www.filmsite.org/filmnoir.html (Accessed: 1 October 2016)