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An analysis of The Psycho - Thriller Genre with particular reference to Basic Instinct 1992 Fatal Attraction 1987 and Single White Female 1992 Genre goes back to the earliest forms of cinema and was seen as a way of organising films according to type It wasnt until the 1960s that Genre was introduced into the use of main stream theory The French critic Andr Bazin was actually already using the term in the 1950s when making reference to the western Narrative involves the telling of real or fictitious events Narrative refers to the codes and conventions which includes the mise-en-scene Narrative in cinema tends to follow a fairly standard set of rules The distinctive properties of a genre can be split into different categories The narrative which includes similar plots and structures predictable situations sequences episodes obstacles conflicts and resolutions Characterisation which is where similar types of character perhaps even stereotype roles are used personal qualities motivations goals and behaviour Basic Themes topics subject matter which could vary from Social- Cultural to Morals- Values and what Stanley Soloman refers to as Recurrent patterns of meaning Soloman 1995 Settings and location which must also incorporate geographical and historical settings Some film Genres tend to be defined by their subject matter for example The Detective film and some by their settings for example The Western and others by their narrative form The Musical An advantage of Genres is that they can rely on the audience already having a knowledge and expectation about the film they are going to watch Film industries repeat generic formulas because they know that they work but introduce new technologies that shift and modernise generic conventions This is also holds true to audiences who have their own expectations of familiar genres but also that of change and innovation Problems can arise within the genre theory genre can also produce sub-genres For example sub genre of war movies are the resistance films or
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