Movie Genres


In the mid-1960s, American society changed dramatically and this change also affected movie themes. Many factors contributed to this change, including the rise of corporate management, McCarthyism, and protests against American government actions. The theme of this decade was emotional optimism, and the stories were often about an unemployed artist and a rich socialite who meet with funny mishaps.

Another type of movie genre is called a psychological thriller. These dark films often feature characters with mental health problems, often developed through abuse as children. For example, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho follows the story of a man named Norman Bates who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. His two identities separate him from his real identity and cause him to go on killing sprees.

One important aspect of the film experience is the illusion of movement. This illusion helps to hold our attention and can lower our critical resistance. Another factor is the accuracy of the film image. Films are made by a nonhuman process, but the image they show is convincingly real. In addition, a movie can make us feel like we are present in the scene.

While movie is the preferred term by people in the film industry, film is also used by those outside the film industry. Film is also more commonly used by non-English speaking people and in non-English speaking countries.