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  • Writer's pictureLee Hamilton

The Musical: One Genre to Rule Them All?

Today, it’s hard to come across any new film release which isn’t advertised or promoted as being multi or mixed genre. This may be a direct result of the ever-increasing amount of genres and sub genres out there or just a simple marketing strategy to encourage larger audiences. Whatever the reason, it begs the question whether it’s possible to create ‘pure’ genre films any more, or whether they ever existed in the first place?

Im' going to investigate the concept of genre by examining theoretical, practical and commercial perspectives. Focusing on the Hollywood musical I hope to explore the notion of pure and mixed genre and will further examine the effect of genre on screenwriting to determine whether genre can be a useful device to use or a potential hindrance.

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