What ideological framework is being decoded?

 

Realist- How does the film present reality? What techniques are used in the storytelling?  What are the demons of the states of mind portrayed?

 

Formalist- Structure and form. Internal evidence. Analysis of reactions. Photographic composition of perception.  

 

Contextualist- What is the broader picture being analyzed? Symptomatic interpretations.

 

Generic- Identifying motifs in comparison between genres. Intentional metaphors.

 

Psychological- Subliminal and subconscious. Symbological elements and signs.

 

Dualist- Juxtapositions. Dichotomies. Complementary opposites. Binary.  


Feminist- Portrayal of women in film and photography.

 

Genetic- From creation to release. Postmodernity.

 

Culturalist- Culture, time and space.

 

Reception- Audiences and critics.


Marxist- Political struggle.  

 

References

Jacobs, C. (n.d.) Film Theory and Approaches to Criticism, or, What did that Movie Mean?  Accessible at: http://www1.und.edu/faculty/christopher-jacobs/_files/docs/theory-and-analysis.pdf