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Like it or not cinema has become the dominant language of our era It is the newest art form not even one hundred years old yet it has made an enormous impact on World culture The films ability to communicate is the most basic reason why people have created the gigantic motion picture industry Films are able to create an immediate presence that can entertain inform and educate us all at the same time Film medium consists of a wide range of styles and covers an extensive span of topics Motion pictures are categorized into various film classes beyond the most common narrative film such as the documentary the personal and the experimental film These individual film classes are narrowed down even further into genresgroups of motion pictures that possess similar stylistic thematic and structural interests The use of genres to categorize film has both its advantages and disadvantages The widespread acceptance and categorization of film by genres suggests that the benefits of using this classification system are substantially higher than the shortcomings sustained through its use Genre is a very important component of film It identifies the general direction of the plot line and makes it possible for the viewer to be prepared for that film The wide-ranging genre categories are somewhat vague thereby possessing the ability to encompass nearly any film ever made By identifying the various filmic elements that characterize a particular genre it is possible to implement those elements to evaluate a film that falls in that genre compare it to other films in its genre and even make some conclusions with regard to its accomplishments Throughout this semester I was fortunate enough to screen close to 30 monumental classic short-films of the 20th century as part of class curriculum All of the films viewed are considered short-films generally because their running time was less than 50 minutes thus they should all be automatically placed into
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