In the mid-1960s, American society changed radically. This change affected social norms as well as themes in movies. Many factors were at play, from the rise of McCarthyism to corporate management and protests against American government actions. These issues affected everything, from the economy to the labor force. Films like Chinatown reflected these changes. They depict a gritty, tumultuous, and often surreal place.
Some films merged different genres, such as drama and comedy. There were also genres like musicals, which were very popular in the era of silent movies. In addition to this genre, there are many other types of movies, like science fiction and fantasy. Both of these genres have their own distinct characteristics, but they all aim to evoke a strong emotional response in their audiences.
Films have two main purposes: to entertain and to spread an educational message. Movies are often made for profit. While the word “movie” has a distinctly commercial connotation, it is more often used in the context of entertainment. Regardless of intent, the movie has a long history of being an American cultural icon.
Movies were a source of inspiration in the 1930s, as they were among the few businesses that could make a profit during the Great Depression. The movies often featured an unemployed artist or rich socialite, and their stories were often characterized by comedic mishaps. Themes like acceptance and self-empowerment remained popular, and were a way to cope with the challenges of life.
Films began to use celluloid photographic film for the first time at the end of the 1880s. This film allowed for a rapid sequence of images using a single lens. Initially, movies were shown to one person at a time, in peep show devices. Later, exhibitors would project the films onto large screens for theatre audiences.
Movies are usually categorized by genre. Typically, these genres are defined by the storyline, setting, characters, and style. Some genres even contain elements of several other genres. In addition to these genres, there are subgenres. A subgenre is a movie that combines elements of several genres.
Subgenres of the genres vary greatly in style and subject matter. Some are centered around themes of brotherhood, duty, and redemption, with a focus on protecting the vulnerable. Some examples of these types of movies include: The Da Vinci Code, The Matrix, and Ex Machina. Others combine elements of both genres, and focus on the criminal activity that occurs.