part of a movie
an idea in a book, movie, etc. that is not clearly stated but can be understood
something that is intended to make you laugh in a serious movie, play, or situation
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, people went to the movies to escape the harsh realities of poverty. Movies were one of the few, and possibly the only business, that showed a profit during the Depression, because people had such a strong desire to escape their lives for a while. So the theme in the 1930s could be emotional optimism—no matter how unrealistic it was.
Themes changed in subsequent decades as producers made movies they believed people would go to see. A theme is only limited by a director’s or writer’s imagination. A producer may believe that escapists or nostalgic fare may be popular and successful in a particular decade rather than exemplifying the ills of the society of that decade. If these movies are successful, they demonstrate the desires and interests of the current society. People want to see these types of movies because of the conditions their lives are in and the society that they live in. Whenever a theme is made into a movie, the producer is always taking a chance at what will be a popular, money-making success.
genre (noun): a kind or style of music, movie, TV show, painting, etc. – For film class we had to compare movies from two different genres, such as comedy and horror.
The list below includes some basic vocabulary for talking and reading about your favourite movies, directors and movie stars.
Most dialogue should have a calculated approach to facilitating the story and revealing the characters. That doesn’t mean to have “talking heads” tell us exactly what’s happening on-screen. In fact, that’s worse than having no dialogue at all. Whether it’s a monologue or crafty subtext, the dialogue should augment and elaborate the story that is being told by the action. The Godfather: Part I, is a perfect example of using dialogue to express the characters and orchestrate the plot. In the quote above, in just three simple lines, we now know three things: (1) Don Corleone is a man of power and influence; (2) Don Corleone is about family and manhood; and (3) something very bad is going to happen to this “Hollywood Big-shot.”
What we see inside the frame is obviously an important aspect of cinematography. Each element of the shot has a role to play. Lighting tells us how to feel, setting tells us where we are and wardrobe tells us who the characters are. The way these three components fit together are an important part of the movie’s visual language and it’s overall aesthetic. If the movie were a painting, these three elements would be the brushes and paint.
Biography refers to a nonfiction movie that is about a historical or living person. The background, character, and setting of the movie may determine what other genre a biography might belong to. If the person is a war hero, the movie would be of the war genre; if the person was a criminal or detective, the movie would fit the crime genre, and so forth.
Dark humor and black comedy are terms that make fun of or ridicule taboo topics like death. The characters are involved in a story that goes to the point of being grotesque and not being funny.