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White Heat clearly belongs within Shatzs category of genres of orderHow far do you agree with this statementThis is an exiting essay to write for a number of reasons For one itis an honour to follow in the footsteps of Raul Walsh understanding themotivations that brought him to direct White Heat in the way he did itFor another reason is wonderful having the possibility to describe itthrough the Shatzs module that can describe perfectly every aspect ofa selected movie Because it is essentially a narrative system a filmgenre can be examined in terms of its fundamental structuralcomponents plot character setting thematics and so on Shatzdivided Hollywood film genres in two main categories these aredistinguished by completely different characteristics As he saidEach genre represents a distinct problem-solving strategy thatrepeatedly addresses basic cultural contradictions Shatz 1948 34He defined certain genres like screwball comedy family melodramamusical and so on as rites of integration Those films are centred upona doubled or collective her o set into a civilised space the mainproblems are emotional and the resolution is always by love Othergenres centred on an individual male such as Western gangsterdetective etc appertain to the genre of order category Theprotagonist individual male is the focus of dramatic conflictswithin a setting of contested ideologically instable space Conflictswithin these genres are externalised translated into violence andusually resolved through the elimination of some threat to the socialorder Shatz 1948 34 At the end of the film the protagonistalways leaves the contested space either by his departure or death andhe always maintains his individuality and he doesnt learn about valuesand lifestyle of the community The principal thematics within thisgenre are the mediation-redemption the male macho code isolatedself-reliance and utopia-as-promise White Heat is a classic gangsterand was directed as I said by Raul Walsh in 1949 It stands at thecrux between the 1930s gangster movies and the postwar film noir Theplot is briefly this James Cagney plays Cody Jarrett a psychotic whodreams of being on
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