Week Six: Giving The People What They Want

Film has been around for as far as mankind can remember. A lot of people turned to films to get through tough times. We may have different genres for films, but within a same genre the story line can be quiet the same. Think about it, the story line of chick flick or a mystery film is always the same. Within minutes after the movie has begun we already know whom the killer is or who is going to end up together. The movies that are from the novels by Nicholas Sparks always have the same story line. I honestly stopped watching some chick flicks because they are cliché. Thomas Schatz defines genre as different cultural aspects. Schatz says, “to discuss the Western genre is to address neither a single Western film nor even all Westerns, but rather a system of conventions which identifies Westerns films as such….If we extend these ideas into genre study, we might think of the film genre as a specific grammar or system of rules of expression and construction and the individual genre film as a manifestation of these rules.” Lawrence J. Quirk said, “It is a question if Mildred Pierce, like Double Indemnity, can truly be classified as film noir. It shares many of the same elements–sleazy men supported by women, too-young women with hot bodies, illicit love affairs, murder in ritzy quarters on a moonlit night–but it lacks one of the most essential ingredients: a hard-boiled anti-hero, unless one counts Veda (Ann Blyth).” As we watched the films in the class I kept thinking the story lines are the same. Schatz’s theory helps us to understand that genre films strengthen social and political beliefs for a society within an educational or historical context.

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