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By Charles P. Mitchell

ISBN-10: 0313315272

ISBN-13: 9780313315275

This exam and accomplished review of apocalyptic movie reports fifty motion pictures that illustrate the range, variety and various different types of the style. Apocalyptic movies are those who depict, on monitor as a part of the tale, an occasion threatening the extinction of mankind. a short evaluation identifies seven significant different types of apocalyptic motion pictures: the spiritual or supernatural, celestial collision, sunlight or orbital disruption, nuclear warfare and radioactive fallout, germ conflict or pestilence, alien equipment or invasion, and medical miscalculation. Alphabetically prepared entries fee the flicks and supply construction details, an annotated solid directory, a synopsis of the movie, a critique, and consultant quotes.

Film students and people with a distinct curiosity in apocalyptic cinema will have fun with the review and distinctive research of the movies. Appendices supply extra examples of apocalyptic videos excluded from the most textual content, a sampling of post-apocalyptic cinema that's specified from the apocalyptic style and examples of apocalyptic tv. Illustrations are incorporated.

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Genre classi¿cation can be a historical practice, with critics labelling ¿lm types and movements in retrospect, carrying out a process of genre revisionism. One example is the identi¿cation of the ¿lm noir by French critics, a label which was not widely used until the 1970s, and was clearly not in the minds of the Hollywood producers of the 1940s and 1950s. Indeed, ¿lms such as Laura (1944) and Mildred Pierce (1945) were thought of as melodramas at the time, while other examples of the genre were originally produced as crime thrillers, social problem or gangster ¿lms among other genres.

Is based on a value judgement. In the early days of ¿lm studies, genre ¿lms were seen as less important than art cinema, and even when genre began to be taken seriously as an area of study, it was the gangster and the western which were studied. The melodrama and the woman’s ¿lm, for example, were only admitted into the canon due to feminist analysis and argument. The very process of picking categories is in itself evaluative, which, Staiger contends, is the third and overarching criterion for selection.

Oxford English Dictionary) We all have an understanding of different types of ¿lms, using familiar labels to describe a particular ¿lm: horror, chick Àick, thriller, etc. The labelling of ¿lms is important in marketing a ¿lm to its audience, drawing on our recognition of these different types and forming expectations which we hope will be grati¿ed by the viewing experience. In this respect, genre is about branding and packaging a product; it is part of the business of ¿lm. Yet genre has also been part of the academic study of texts since the beginnings of literary criticism.

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