film ch 8 Genre and Myth

  1. genre film
    • a specific kind of movie
    • i.e., gangster film, science fiction, horror, etc.
  2. What is the target audience for coming-of-age films?
  3. The American woman's picture and Japanese mother films focus on what?
    domestic life
  4. The quality of a film is not based on its (1)_____, but on how well the artist exploits the (2)__________ of its form.
    • 1. genre
    • 2. conventions
  5. Genre conventions are mere (1)_______ unless they are united with significant (2)___________ in (3)_____ or (4)_______ matter.
    • 1. cliches
    • 2. innovations
    • 3. style
    • 4. subject
  6. What are the four main cycles of genres?
    • 1. primitive
    • 2. classical
    • 3. revisionist
    • 4. parodic
  7. Four main cycles of genres...

    1. primitive
    usually naive, though powerful in its emotional impact, in part because of the novelty of the form
  8. Many of the conventions of a genre are established in which phase of the main cycles of genre?
  9. Four main cycles of genres...

    2. classical
    • intermediate state
    • embodies classical ideas as balance, richness, and poise
  10. The genre's values are assured and widely shared by the audience at which of the phases of the main cycles of genres?
  11. Four main cycles of genres...

    3. revisionist
    is generally more symbolic, ambiguous, less certain in its values
  12. Which phase of the main cycles of genres tends to be stylistically complex, appealing more to the intellect than to the emotions?
  13. The genre's pre-established conventions are exploited as ironic foils to questions or undermine popular beliefs occurs at which phase of the main cycles of genres?
  14. Four main cycles of genres...

    4. parodic
    development of genre is an outright mockery of its conventions, reducing them to howling cliches and presenting them in a comic manner
  15. sociopsychic approach
    social and intellectual anxieties of a given era and nation will find expression in its art
  16. As (1)______ __________ change, (2)______ also change with them, challenging some traditional customs and beliefs, reaffirming others.
    • 1. social conditions
    • 2. genres
  17. The ideas of (1)_______ _____ and (2)____ ____ have influenced many genre theorists.
    • 1. Sigmund Freud
    • 2. Carl Jung
  18. According to Freud, art was a form of...
    • daydreaming and wish fulfillment, vicariously resolving urgent impulses and desires that can't be satisfied in reality.
    • For example, pornographic films
  19. According to Jung, unconscious...
    complexes consist of archetypal symbols that are as deeply rooted and as inexplicable as instincts.
  20. Who created the term, collective unconscious? What does it mean?
    • Carl Jung
    • symbols and story patterns that are universal to all individuals in all cultures and periods
  21. Jung believed that popular culture offers the most (1)____________ view of archetypes and myths, whereas elite culture tends to (2)________ them beneath a complex surface detail.
    • 1. unobstructed
    • 2. submerge
  22. What is a story to a producer?
    box-office value
  23. What is a story to a writer?
  24. What is a story to an actor?
    a vehicle
  25. What is a story to a director?
    artistic medium
  26. What is a story to a genre critic?
    a classifiable narrative form
  27. What is a story to a sociologist?
    an index of public sentiment
  28. What is a story to a psychiatrist?
    an instinctive exploration of hidden fears or communal ideals
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film ch 8 Genre and Myth