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This text seeks to revise notions of film genre. It connects the roles played by industry critics and audiences in making and re-making genre. In a critique of major voices in the history of genre theory from Aristotle to Wittgenstein, Altman reveals the conflicting stakes for which the genre game has been played. Recognizing that the very term "genre" has different meaning for different groups, he bases his genre theory on the uneasy competitive yet complimentary relationship among genre users and discusses a range of films from "The Great Train Robbery" to "Star Wars", and from "The Jazz Singer" to "The Player".

Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851707173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851707174
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

Customer Reviews


14 people found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2000
This is a groundbreaking study, sure to change thinking about the notion of genre, within film studies and beyond. The book is also written with a wonderful sense of humor, even though this is a serious study. Don’t pick this up if you just have a light interest in genre films, but if you want to think long and hard about the very category of genre itself. I’d say the book was worth owing for the massive bibliography alone.


7 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2001
By Muehlheim Martin
Too be as short as possilbe: Anybody who is even slightly interested in the field of genre theory should read this book.

ok but….

One person found this helpful.
 on May 1, 2000
i found it to be empty. liked information, but had difficulty in furthering

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