Genre film  

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This page Genre film is part of the film series.
Illustration: screen shot from L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
genre fiction

Much like genre fiction, genre film is a term for films made with the intent of fitting into a specific cinematic genre in order to appeal to the fans of that genre. In contemporary film-producing, genre is an elastic term used to group works sharing similarities of character, theme, and setting—such as mystery, romance, or horror—that have been proven to appeal to particular groups of viewers. Genres continuously evolve, divide, and combine as viewers' tastes change and directors search for fresh ways to tell stories. For a number of reasons, genre film is often regarded as the lower-quality opposite of A-list films. The genres of genre film action film, adventure film, crime film, detective film, erotic film, fantastic film, horror film, mystery film, romance film, science fiction film, thriller film, western film.

As was the case with the French cinephilia of the post-war era, the international cinephilic community that has developed on the Internet often emphasizes films and figures that do not have strong critical or popular recognition, including many directors who work within genre film. These include Abel Ferrara, Bela Tarr, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Philippe Garrel and Pedro Costa.

See also

Related: B-movies - exploitation film - low budget

Film festivals dedicated to genre cinema: BIFFF

Connotations: bad taste, conventional, kitsch, low culture

Contrast with: mainstream film, auteur theory, art film

By country: Italian genre cinema

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