The Team Film Genre

  • Jeremy Strong

Abstract

CREWS, SQUADS, SEVENS, ELEVENS AND DOZENS: THE TEAM FILM GENRE THIS article argues that there exists a genre that it terms the team film. It is not claimed that the films discussed have previously resisted generic analysis, for they also have characteristics that locate them in a wide range of other genres. Rather, it is contended that by virtue of key shared properties - including textual features, the audience expectations and interpretive strategies they provoke, and marketing practices - these films additionally may claim affiliation to, and invite understanding in terms of, a common genre.     Andrew Tudor maintains that:     Genre notions - except the special case of arbitrary definition      - are not critics' classifications made for special purposes;     they are sets of cultural conventions. Genre is what we     collectively believe it to be.                                                            (Tudor 139) It should be acknowledged that what follows runs the risk of appearing...
Published
2006-11-20
Section
Features