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How to Analyse Movies #6: Story & Genre

In this installment of How To Analyze Movies we discuss our understanding of story and genre, and how to use it to analyze film!

How to Analyse Movies #6: Story & Genre - Star Wars Force Awakens

To learn how to analyse movies, aside from understanding the camera, lighting and sound, editing and the signs and codes of film language, you need to know how narrative and genre can inform you about the message the creators intended to share with their audience.

Story (or Narrative)

Stories are infinitely important to us human beings. As long as we’ve existed, we’ve told each other stories. They are part of how we try to make sense of our world, and fit into “schemas”; we organize events and our surroundings into certain categories to structure the world we live in.


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You’re currently on part 6: Story & Genre
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Signs, Codes & Conventions
Part 3: Mise-en-Scene & Editing
Part 4: Considering the Camera
Part 5: Lighting, Sound & Score
Part 7: Iconography & Realisticness
Part 8: Putting it into Practice

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Manon is the founder and Editor in Chief of Film Inquiry. Originally a Dutchie, and having lived in Australia for 4 years, she now lives in Houston, TX. She has a Master's degree in Global Criminology, and is a screenwriter. Lives vicariously through film.

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