We mostly think we understand the films we are watching. When we see a city, tommy guns, moonshine and explosions, for example, we kw it's a gangster movie. But often this is as far as our understanding goes. Many 'experts' sniff at such genre films, declaring that they are formulaic, low-brow entertainment. Others hold that genres are hybrids and evolve in ever interesting ways. And we grapple with the argument, unable to shame the elitists by joining the worldwide discussion on cinema's prime mover - GENRE. Whether you are at school or university, a lecturer, casual cinema goer or square-eyed cinephile, Genre/Film will t catch dust on your book shelf but grow dog ears, instead, as it presents an invaluable introduction to cinema's ultimate force and main bone of contention. Genre/Film complements established textbooks by demonstrating how an appreciation of genre is crucial for the understanding of film representations. Besides providing the methodological tool kit for this important first step into film analysis, Genre/Film also exposes our society's main genre, melodrama and gives up an up-to-date overview of the gangster idiom with its neo-ir inflection.
Florian Weinhold studied for his PhD in Russian Cinema and Cultural Studies under the sagacious supervision of Professor Stephen Hutchings at The University of Manchester, UK. His PhD received a scholarship from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and their trust was repaid, when it received a first class in 2012. Previously, Florian had studied for an M.A. in Russian Studies at The Manchester University, which also gave him a full scholarship, well-earned with a 'distinction' in 2005. In 2001, Florian's B.A. (Hons.) Linguistics and Russian received a 'first degree' and 'distinction in spoken Russian'