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  1. Types of Movies A narrative is a story Narrative is a type of movie A narrative is a way of structuring fictional or fictionalized stories presented in narrative films

  2. Four Basic Types of Movies • Narrative • Documentary • Experimental • Hybrid

  3. Narrative • Mostly fiction, purpose is to engage and entertain • Many genres/subgenres – will discuss

  4. Documentary • more concerned with recording reality, education, presentation of political/social analysis • the unavoidable act of making a movie removes the possibility of a purely objective truth • “creative treatment of actual reality” – John Grierson (coined the term, 1926) • even documentary filmmakers who strive to avoid influencing the events they record still exert a great deal of narrative influence in the editing process

  5. Documentary… • four basic approaches: • factual (Hoop Dreams, Touching the Void) • instructional • persuasive (An Inconvenient Truth, Bowling for Columbine) • propaganda (Battleship Potemkin, Triumph of the Will)

  6. Experimental Movies • actively seek to defy categorization and convention • Began with… • Examples

  7. Hybrid Movies • part of cinematic evolution, mixing documentary, experimental, and narrative films

  8. Genre • few movies are strictly one genre today • genre has a significant effect on how audiences choose the movies they go to/buy/rent • And people who finance movies often choose them by genre • give people what they want (and expect), and they will buy it • cultural conditions contribute to genre changes (ie: a western made during WWII v. one made during the Vietnam War)

  9. Genre Conventions • Story Formulas: the way a movie’s story is structured (the plot) helps viewers determine what genre it belongs • Theme (or topic): A movie’s theme is a unifying idea that the film expresses through its narrative or imagery (Western: man v wilderness) • Character Types: genre films are often have specific character “types” • Setting: where the action is or the environment is common among genres • Presentation/Mood: certain elements of cinematic language that communicate tone and atmosphere • Stars: actors factor into how a genre is classified, analyzed and received