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Jasmine Pickwick

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The sub genre of parody presents itself in an subtle manner. The main form of comedy is the intertextuality of other films. For example Shawn of The Dead references the zombie-horror films Dawn of the Dead (through the title), Night of the Living Dead, via a radio report and Day of the Dead, when we see Shawn wandering into shot during the opening sequence and Day of the Dead, which has an identical death scene. These subtle references is distinctly British as the audience must have some form of intelligence to understand the pop culture referencing. When compared to American parody films, the intertextuality is presented is a very obvious way, verging on the ridiculous for example, the Scary Movie franchise. In these films the referencing is usually with direct characters/locations so the audience can easily recognise the parody, for example the scream killer and his phone call. Obstacle 1 Obstacle 2 Obstacle 3 Themes Characters When looking at Shawn of the Dead, there is definitely a strong narrative which runs throughout the film. We have a clear beginning (introduction of characters and initial zombie take-over), a middle, (rescuing Shawn's mum and going to the Winchester) and end (fighting off the zombies at the pub, killing off almost everyone. Also then after the apocalypse). This structured narrative I believe is distinctly British as when compared to the American counterpart Scary Movie, there is little structure and a loose narrative. The film is mainly composed of funny/scary scenes weakly linked together rather than a fully fledged narrative. Representations What have you found to be distinctly 'British' about the genre films you have studied? -Parody Comedy Genre Shawn of the Dead vs. Scary Movie Shawn of the Dead vs Scary Movie Within Hot Fuzz, the representation of the police force is distinctly british, and mocks itself throughout the film. There is a particular scene when Angel (Simon Pegg) is doing paperwork, and this is accompanied by some tension building action music, to emphasis that the British police love their riles and paperwork! This is opposed to American 'cop' films who seem to only be involved in gun fights, car chases and running down after the criminals. You never hear the trivial act of paperwork in these films, and this is how Hot Fuzz parody's American action films. Narrative Another British representation in Hot Fuzz is how they portray English village life, in how everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets. This of course is emphasised to the point of ridiculousness as the village has formed their own mass murdering cult to win "village of the year". The characters in Hot Fuzz are particularly British as they stick to many distinctly British stereotypes, for example the police force in Sanford. Every murder which occurs in Sanford is blamed to be an accident, which is a typical "everything's okay" attitude. The villagers are also distinctly British as they portray how British country/village life is peaceful and how everyone knows everyone and gossip is well traveled. For example, the worst police call Angel get's is that "The swan has escaped". When compared to the American equivalent, Tropic Thunder, those characters are very obvious parodies of real action film stereotypes, like the "hero" and the "comedian". This is also iterated with in the trailer. Hot Fuzz plays on how they wish they could be as cool as the american stereotypes, shown through Danny. Hot Fuzz vs Tropic Thunder Hot Fuzz vs Tropic Thunder Hot Fuzz doesn't have a specific theme as being within the sub-genre of parody, it main challenges all themes and aspect of the original genre. You could argue that a theme of Hot Fuzz is that "Always strive to be your best", as there is the sub-plot of Danny becoming the action-cop hero he always wanted to be. You could also argue a theme is "Nothing is what was it seems", as the village turns out to be a satanic cult of mass murdering psychopaths, wanting to win village of the year. This is also a strong parody of village life itself, as the film challenges the usual conventions. When comparing themes in american parody films, Tropic Thunder doesn't challenge the themes of the genre 'Action' but rather the characters. You could argue the theme is "We're not really that serious" as Robert Downing Jr. turns himself black to fit the role in the film, and Tom Cruise takes the mick out of himself, e.g. the silly dance at the end of the movie.
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