Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How To Analyse Genre: A Brief Introduction - 'The Western'

Genre theory is used in the study of films in order to facilitate the categorisation of films. Genre are dependent on numerous factors such as storyline, whom the director is, what are the audience expectations and what conventions are used.

In order to understand Genre we may look at several examples. When we analyse 'The Western' we may expect to find gunfights, horses and indians, the solitary cowboy and to some degree the actors and directors of such films (all regular conventions). They also expect certain content and a certain style of filmmaking (camera/setting/sound).

When analysing any type/genre of film it is important to recognise and discuss those elements that make it fall within a specific, or possibly a number of categories.  

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