Genre theory

Explain genre theory in your own words and why this is a useful approach to the study of film, using Ch. 3 from Film: From Watching to Seeing as a reference.

Describe the common conventions (story, theme, mise-en-scne) of the genre you have selected.
Identify a feature-length film that fits your selected genre and state the year it was produced, its director, cinematographer (or director of photography), and top-billed cast. (Place film titles in italics.)
Develop a thesis statement that argues how specific elements of your chosen film fit or expand the conventions of the genre and subgenre(s) and establish an overarching theme or message.
Visit the Writing a Thesis Statement resource from the UAGC Writing Center.

In the body of your paper (at least three paragraphs),

Summarize the movie. As you develop this summary, remember the differences between a films story and its plot and be sure to highlight specific genre elements.
Interpret at least two genre conventions exhibited in your chosen feature-length film that help classify it in the selected genre. Be sure to provide a specific example of each convention (e.g., the elements used in a scene, type of story, plot component, or theme).
Evaluate a third convention (e.g., the elements used in a scene, type of story, plot component, or theme not yet addressed) from your chosen feature-length film and how this convention expands the boundaries of the specified genre.

In the conclusion of your paper,

Connect each element of your chosen film and how it contributes to the films overall genre classification, whether it displays the conventions of multiple genres or subgenres, and how these elements are effectively used to convey a particular theme.

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