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1969. Signs and Meaning in the Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. _____ 1992. Singin’ in the Rain. London: British Film Institute. Wood, Robin. 1989. Hitchcock’s Films Revisited. New York: Columbia University Press. 24 CHAPTER THREE A Companion to Film Theory Edited by Toby Miller, Robert Stam Copyright © 1999, 2004 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd Genre Sarah Berry-Flint T h e books in a library must be arranged in one way or another.. Who can deny the necessity and the utility of such arrangements?

For example, audience reception studies tend to define genres as “reading practices”: socio-discursive frameworks and “horizons of expectation” brought by viewers to each new film they see. In this sense, genres are social rather than textual constraints, allowing viewers to modify their generic frameworks and participate in the construction of meaning rather than simply “absorbing” it from the screen. ) are seen to have a definitive influence on such reading practices. Lastly, texual and formal analysis in film studies tends to focus on the ways that narrative and stylistic conventions are “encoded” with genre-specific meanings.

Warshow points out that these “men with guns” represent a basic American fascination with violence, but he is more interested in the differences between the two types of hero and their relationship to violence. ” T h e western hero, on the other hand, is “the last gentleman,” demonstrating such a restrained sense of purpose that he often “appears to be unemployed” (Warshow 1979: 471). ” What makes the western compelling for Warshow is its “serious orientation to the problem of violence” and its ritualistic repetition of the “value” of violence under certain moral conditions.

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