Genres and Genre Films
ENG 225: Introduction to Film
Instructor: Christopher McBride
January 10, 2016
Genre is a type or category of a film. A movie typically is placed under a certain genre to help the audience recognize the type of movie they want to watch. Such movie categories are horror, musical, science fiction, western, etc. The attributes of my selected genre, which is gangster audiences, seem to lean more to the bad guys wanting to see them win this is due to their status and how they have wealth and power. This has nothing to do with how they treat people. Early gangster movies had morals and the gangsters only gunned for each other and other gangsters, however in the newer movies, gangsters will kill innocent law-abiding citizens, children, women no one is exempt from the crime spree. This is really a sub-genre of a broader genre of the crime films.
The feature film I chose to discuss is Scarface. In the movie you have Tony who was a Cuban refugee who migrated to America (Miami) Tony became a drug king lord through some misadventures and some chances he took with his life and the life of his best friend. Tony became a small time drug dealer at first but soon the Cubans and Columbians saw potential in him and decided to see how far his loyalties would stretch. They gave Tony an assignment, kill a man however, when the day came Tony was ready to fulfill his obligation but when he saw the man’s wife and child he aborted the mission at the last minute which upset the people who hired him and this is where all Tony’s problems started. In the end, Tony became too big for himself and ended up dying in the world he had created for himself. He was responsible for the death of his own sister and best friend and ultimately the demise of his empire. The genre of this film is gangster and to watch the movie and see how it all begins and unfolds and how it ultimately ends there is no doubt that the writer...