Social Problem Films

Steven Doles

in Cinema and Media Studies

ISBN: 9780199791286
Published online March 2015 | | DOI:
Social Problem Films

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Defined broadly, social problem films (sometimes called social-consciousness films, message movies, or other similar phrases) are films that dramatize some set of concerns, which they depict as broadly representative of the conditions of their historical moment. As a result of their intention to comment on the world outside the film, social problem films share something in common with other genres, such as science fiction, satirical comedy, revisionist westerns, historical pictures, and biopics; however, although social problem films can overlap with these genres (especially the historical...

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Subjects: Media Studies ; Film ; Radio ; Television

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