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Excellence popularity typicality - discuss the relative merits of each of these as a basis for the inclusion of films in a film history Any attempt to study film history requires the consideration of films which occur within the categories of excellence popularity and typicality They are three very different approaches to film history excellence covering films recognised as having artistic merit popularity covering films which have been financially or sociologically successful and typicality films which are classed as mainstream displaying qualities typical of classical Hollywood films All three categories are used to study aspects of cinema rather than film history rarely including documentary films and never including home movies the most common use of the film medium worldwide The most common way of studying film history is Excellency grouping together films which are generally agreed to be of exceptional aesthetic quality This study based on artistic merit relates film study to other art forms such as painting theatre and music It is encouraged by the vast amounts of materials regularly reviewing and rating films including newspapers magazines and television shows and specific awards for filmmaking the most famous being Cannes film festival and the Oscars Any study of excellency in film history is subjective relying on the personal opinions of people to determine which films are exceptional with no film regarded by all as undisputedly excellent This is in part due to the vast range of criteria used to judge the excellency of films Most good films are recognised as having formal excellence with high quality direction vital in making an exceptional film Throughout film history and criticism certain directors have been regarded as consistently producing excellent films Vigo Renoir Lean Hitchcock Kurosawa and Kubrick are among those whose individual influence on their films is particularly acclaimed 2001A Space OdysseyStanley Kubrick 1968 is recognised as a great film by virtue of its direction alone with acting and plot secondary to virtuoso
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