Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. Who is Guy Richie?
Ritchie was chosen to make the film Sherlock Holmes and he saw the release of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jude Law as his cohort Dr. Watson in 2009. The film received mostly good reviews but, more importantly for Ritchie's career, was a solid blockbuster hit that grossed more than $520 million dollars worldwide and spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Ritchie is tentatively scheduled to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
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Saturated Marketing: When a film is advertised and marketed in a wide range of media e.g. cinema trailers, television, online, magazines, newspapers, outdoor marketing including billboards, buses, transport hubs, social networking, radio, using interviews and Profiles of the film’s stars to market the film… First Person Monologue: When a character makes an individual speech to the audience (from theatre). Deerstalker Hat: A hat that is typically worn in rural areas, often for hunting and is typified by brims back and front and often two side straps. Vladimir Propp: A narrative theorist who suggested some media could be understood by 8, recurring character roles – The Hero, Villain, False Hero, Her Father, Donor, Despatcher, Princess and Helper. Deduction: The process of solving a crime by reasoning and intelligence. Single Stranded Narrative: When a storyline has one main issue. Golden Age: Crime drama that belongs to a traditional English cultural heritage – tea drinking, genteel stereotypically English representations, upper middle class culture (limited blue collar crime, normally white collar), no violent graphic representations, a classic ‘red herring’ with the victim normally someone from a high status. Murder is the most common crime. Hybrid: Where the conventions of two or more genres are evident. Hard Boiled: An American tradition from literature (e.g. Raymond Chandler) that describes the key Detective as someone who is hard drinking, smoking, womanising, physically violent and has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He is the binary opposition from the Golden Age Detective. Franchise: Intellectual property that can be sold on.
Broadsheet: A newspaper that contains more expanded analysis of news and culture than a Tabloid normally read by a more educated target audience. Iconic: High status.
Buddy Detective: A classic crime drama formula started by Holmes and Watson that involves two Detectives working together to solve the crime e.g. Scott and Bailey, Lewis (and Hathaway) and Starsky and Hutch.
Cultist: Someone that is into odd, strange, dark obsessions. Femme Fatale: From Film Noir a female lead who is a beautiful seductress and whose main role is to facilitate the downfall of the central, male protagonist. Cultural Heritage: The history of a country seen in a nostalgic way. Parallel Sound: Sound that creates a similar feeling and emotion as the visual images. Intertextual: When one media text (film) makes reference to another.
Commercial Success: Monetary success e.g. box office and DVD sales Banker Film: A film that is guaranteed to make money.
Critical Success: Good reviews and wins awards.
Cultural Capital: The knowledge, skills and experience that affect an audiences reading of a text (film).
Demographic: How target audiences are split into categories. Iconography: Visual elements common to the genre.
Maverick: Someone that does things their own way.
Flash Cut Editing: An edit that is accompanied by bright, white light – it has connotations of action and technology. Narrative 3 Act Structure: The way a film can be split into a simple beginning, middle and end. Certification: The viewing certificate given to a...
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