Film: Genres and Genre Theory

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TitleFilm: Genres and Genre Theory
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBondebjerg, Ib
EditorWright, James D.
Book TitleInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
Pagination160 - 164
ISBN Number9780080970875

Genre is a concept used in film studies and film theory to describe similarities between groups of films based on aesthetic or broader social, institutional, cultural, and psychological aspects. Film genre shares similarities in form and style, theme, and communicative function. A film genre is thus based on a set of conventions that influence both the production of individual works within that genre and audience expectations and experiences. Genres are used by industry in the production and marketing of films, by film analysts and critics in historic analysis of film, and as a framework for audiences in the selection and experience of films.