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1. Who needs genres?; 2. Before Genre: Melodrama; Part One: Classical Paradigms; 3. The Western: Genre and History; 4. The Musical: Genre and Form; 5. The War/Combat Film: Genre and Nation; 6. The Gangster Film: Genre and Society; Part Two: Transitional Fantasies; 7. The Horror Film; 8. The Science-Fiction Film; Part Three: Post-Classical Genres; 9. Film Noir; 10. The Action Blockbuster; 11. Genre: Breaking the Frame; (i) Documentary; (ii) Holocaust Film; (iii) Pornography; 12. Conclusion: Transgenre?.

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Barry Langford is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of London.

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Film Genre presents a thoroughgoing historical analysis, addressing the history of film production, the history of style, the history of individual genres and the history of genre criticism for each genre. Film International The author offers a hugely impressive yet concise account of genre theory, cycles and contemporary reportage - from Hollywood and beyond! Langford's book is a majextically informed achievement and a prodigiously detailed production. SCOPE: An Online Journal of Film Studies Film Genre presents a thoroughgoing historical analysis, addressing the history of film production, the history of style, the history of individual genres and the history of genre criticism for each genre. The author offers a hugely impressive yet concise account of genre theory, cycles and contemporary reportage - from Hollywood and beyond! Langford's book is a majextically informed achievement and a prodigiously detailed production.

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