film crime Essay

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Film genres are categories, classifications or groups of films that have a similar, familiar or instantly recognizable patterns, techniques or conventions that include one or more of the following: setting, content, themes, plot, motifs, styles, structures, situations, characters, and stars (filmsite.org and notes). There are many categories of film genre. These categories can cover practically any film ever made by man, although film categories can never be precise. By isolating the various elements in a film and categorizing them in genres, it is possible to easily evaluate a film within its genre and allow for meaningful comparisons and some judgements on greatness. Some genres are considered period-specific, occurring primarily in one …show more content…
An urban wolf can equally well be killer or detective, warden or prisoner. They all speak the same discursive language (Baxter 7). Crime films are often set in a large, crowded city. Exotic locals for crimes often add an element of adventure and wealth. Writers

dreamed up appropriate gangland jargon for the tales, such as “tommyguns.”(Ebscohost)
     Film technique of these films showed a more graphic representation of moods and ambiance due to the light and camera effects, as often seen previously in the Expressionist cinema of pre-war Germany. During the end of the thirties, the influx of European cinema technicians, writers and directors into the USA was bringing Hollywood a fresh set of approaches to cinema as a technique and as an art form. (geocities.com/filmlis)
     Another influence on gangster films was the French cinema of the thirties. French directors had more freedom and were generally more concerned with the artistic rendition of filming in their scripts (imdb.com). Often they compensated for their lack of financial means by improvisation and creativity. Also, the “contestataire” stand taken by the plots of French films, with the very existential approach of the characters, had a strong influence on the development of gangster film in the USA.. (geocities.com/filmlis)
     Crime in America was an important vice, too. Many migrants
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