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Thunder and Lightning: Gone with the Wind (1939) and the Logic of Synchronisation

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film Moments : Criticism, History, Theory

British Film Institute, 2003

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... a clear image source.Rick Altman, ‘Moving Lips: Cinema as Ventriloquism’, Yale French Studies no. 60, 1980, pp. 67–79. In Hollywood’s synchronisation-rich environment, sounds without a source appear anomalous. Not until the audience can match...

Are genres stable?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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...Genre can be defined as a structural pattern which embodies a universal life pattern or myth in the materials of language…. Genre is universal, basic to human perceptions of life.Prior to the mid-twentieth century, discussions of genre...

From Homosocial to Heterosexual: The Musical’s two Projects

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Sound of Musicals

British Film Institute, 2010

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... quoted in Rick Altman, ‘Dickens, Griffith, and Film Theory Today’, South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 88 no. 2, Spring 1989, p. 344. On what basis I made this claim I have no idea. Instead of contesting the apparent tyranny of endings by careful...

What is generally understood by the notion of film genre?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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... of the last decade repeats the same litany of film genre theorists, all published in the last quarter-century: Altman, Buscombe, Cawelti, Doane, Elsaesser, Neale, Schatz, Williams, and the very same Will Wright. In short, film genre study has...

What communication model is appropriate for genres?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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... in the north woods. Dear Rick, This place is truly gorgeous. In fact, I’ve become quite a bird watcher. At first I thought it would be interesting to walk around the woods and look at all the trees, but I couldn’t tell one from the other....

How are genres used?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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... to Rick’s’, Robert Buckner reported to Wallis his doubts about the future Casablanca in a generic manner. The play’s big moment, he maintained, is ‘sheer hokum melodrama’ (ibid., p. 198). Remembering that the creation of film genres has often...

Where are genres located?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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... the semantic/syntactic approach may be, more is at stake in this – and any other – textual approach than applicability alone. As first presented in Cinema Journal (Altman, 1984), slightly expanded in Film Genre Reader (Altman, 1986, reproduced...

Have genres and genre functions changed over time?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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...If all philosophy is a footnote to Plato, then all genre theory is little more than a footnote to Aristotle. The current tendency to figure genres transhistorically simply extends Aristotle’s intention to note the essential quality of each...

Are genres subject to redefinition?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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...One question insists: why does the women’s picture exist? There is no such thing as ‘the men’s picture’, specifically addressed to men; there is only ‘cinema’, and ‘the women’s picture’, a sub-group or category specially for women...

Why are genres sometimes mixed?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

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... practices, careful inspection suggests that Hollywood prefers romantic genre-mixing to the classical ideal of genre purity. Deliciously captured in Robert Altman’s version of Michael Tolkin’s screenplay The Player, Hollywood’s basic script...