+ Discuss how the film is typical of that genre in terms of formula
See gangster film, romantic comedy, or western. In a paper of 500-750 words, discuss how the film is typical of that genre in terms of formula, conventions,
iconography, narrative, or anything else you find interesting or relevant. Then discuss ways in which it is not typical or ways in which you feel it presents
interesting variations on the genre. Most important, what is the significance of these similarities and differences to what we expect from the genre? In other words,
why might the filmmakers have chosen to make the film conform and vary from the conventions of the genre in these ways? What might those choices tell us about the
audience or about the culture in which the film was made? Feel free if you like to compare your film to the film of the same genre we saw in class.
Here is a partial list of films that provide a good basis for this kind of analysis
Western: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Red River, The Tin Star, The Naked Spur, Ride the High Country, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, Ride the High
Country, Tombstone, or any of the many westerns mentioned in our text on pp. 311-319 (295-301 in the blue text, third edition).
Gangster Film: Godfather I or II, Scarface (1932), Scarface (1983), Little Cesar, Miller’s Crossing, Good Fellas, Bonnie and Clyde, White Heat, The Roaring Twenties,
Romantic Comedy. There are many possibilities. Consider watching an older film: His Girl Friday, Ball of Fire, Sullivan’s Travels, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It
Happened One Night, Twentieth Century, The Lady Eve, any film with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. Or slightly less old: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pretty
Woman, Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, American President, Sleepless in Seattle.
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