Film Genre Analysis

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2.2. Comedy and documentary film genre

‘A film genre is a motion picture category based on similarities in either the narrative elements or the emotional response to the film. Most theories of film genre are borrowed from literary genre criticism.’(Online 1) There are many types of film genres. Some of them are action, adventure, comedy, crime, drama, horror, historical, musicals, science fiction, war, westerns. Steve Neale claims that 'genres are instances of repetition and difference ' (Neale 1980, 48) He also mentions that ‘genre is defined by two things: ‘how much it conforms to a genre 's stereotypes and conventions and how much a film subverts the genre 's stereotypes and conventions.’ In other words, this means that a film needs to have just enough qualities of a genre so the film
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Research methodology
The research method of this paper is rich feature analysis which main idea is to look for ’particular features in a text or a set of texts that are associated with conventions of meaning and significance in context’. ( 2004:66). As there are numerous ways how to classify adjectives by adopting semantic, syntactic morphological, pragmatic and functional criteria, this research mainly uses Halliday’s theory on attitudinal and experiential epithets where evaluative adjectives are attitudinal but the descriptive – experiential. (1985:163-164)
In this research, mainly qualitative research approach is used, because the main aim of this research is to determine the level of subjectivity/ objectivity as expressed by qualitative adjectives in documentary and comedy film reviews by determining whether evaluative or descriptive adjectives prevail in the established corpus. Jalal Monfared claims that
Qualitative research is primarily exploratory research. It is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. It provides insights into the problem or helps to develop ideas or hypotheses for potential quantitative research.

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