“various forms or identifiable types, categories, classifications or groups of films that are recurring and have similar, familiar or instantly-recognizable patterns, syntax, filmic techniques or conventions - that include one or more of the following: settings (and props), content and subject matter, themes, mood, period, plot, central narrative events, motifs, styles, structures, situations, recurring icons (e.g., six-guns and ten-gallon hats in Westerns), stock characters (or characterizations), and stars.”.
Although it is possible to establish and set restrictions based on features like “recurring icons” to form a criteria for films and some film work do lends itself well in a specific genre. As Rick Altman points out in his journal that the concept of genre is prob...
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