Action film

related topics
{film, series, show}
{@card@, make, design}
{theory, work, human}
{war, force, army}
{car, race, vehicle}
{math, number, function}
{area, community, home}
{woman, child, man}
{line, north, south}

Action film is a film genre where one or more heroes is thrust into a series of challenges that require physical feats, extended fights and frenetic chases.[1] Story and character development are generally secondary to explosions, fist fights, gunplay and car chases. While action has long been an element of films, the "action film" as a genre of its own began to develop in the 1970s. The genre is closely linked with the thriller and adventure film genres, and it may sometimes have elements of spy fiction and espionage.[2]

While action films have traditionally been a reliable source of revenue for movie studios, relatively few action films garner critical praise.[3][4] While action films have traditionally been aimed at male audiences from the early teens to the mid-30s, many action filmmakers from the 1990s and 2000s added female heroines in response to the expanding social conceptions of gender, glorifying the strong female archetype.

Contents

History

Hollywood

During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were often "swashbuckling" adventure films in which Douglas Fairbanks wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns.

The 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in the form of war and cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock almost single-handedly ushered in the spy-adventure genre, also firmly establishing the use of action-oriented "set pieces" like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in "North by Northwest". That film, along with a war-adventure called "The Guns of Navaronne" directly inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure based on the novels of Ian Fleming.

Full article ▸

related documents
Sam & Max
Duck Amuck
Batman Forever
Mike Myers (actor)
The Tigger Movie
The Castle of Cagliostro
Lenny Henry
The Ring (2002 film)
The Conversation
Battle of the Planets
Matlock (TV series)
Maggie Simpson
I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again
Jack Webb
George S. Kaufman
Leonard Nimoy
Burns and Allen
Ryan Stiles
Gumby
Simon Pegg
Radioactive Man (The Simpsons character)
Xena: Warrior Princess
Lars von Trier
Office Space
Jennifer Saunders
Frontline (Australian TV series)
Morton Downey, Jr.
Liev Schreiber
Tim Brooke-Taylor
The Smurfs