ERIC Number: ED102632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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American Film Genres: Approaches to a Critical Theory of Popular Film.
Kaminsky, Stuart M.
This book is divided into twelve sections and contains photographs from many of the films discussed. The introduction defines film genre and describes the general theories behind this book; "The Individual Film" analyzes the film "Little Caesar" as it relates to the genre of gangster films; "Comparative Forms" describes the similarities and differences between the American western film and the Japanese samurai film; "Literary Adaptation and Change" discusses the several film versions of Hemingway's short story "The Killers" and describes the films in terms of the popular nonheroic hero; "Contemporary Problems" explores film violence in the 1970's; "Variations on a Major Genre" describes films that deal with robbery and intricate capers; "Psychological Considerations" discusses horror and science fiction in film; "Performing Arts" discusses the history of the musical; "History and Social Change" describes the effects of comedy and individual expression in film; "The Genre Director" discusses specific films of the director Donald Siegel; the next section, again entitled "The Genre Director," discusses character types in the films of John Ford; and the final section offers conclusions and a summary. (TS)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Film Criticism, Film Production Specialists, Film Study, Films, Science Fiction
Pflaum/Standard Order Department, 8121 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 ($12.95 cloth, $7.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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