The mid-1960s were a decade of dramatic change in American society, and this change was reflected in the themes and social norms in movies. The Second Red Scare, the Hollywood Blacklist, McCarthyism, the Korean Conflict, and the Cold War all shaped the film industry in that decade. It was also a time of suburbanization and strong family units, and television provided family entertainment.
Themes in movies changed from decade to decade, but some remained the same. Themes could be nostalgic or escapist, or they could even be a reflection of the current state of society. Producers took risks on movies that might have a popular theme. They hoped to make money by presenting movies that appealed to a wide demographic.
A number of factors play a role in the film experience, including the hypnotic illusion of movement, which holds the audience’s attention and reduces critical resistance. Another powerful aspect of the film experience is the accuracy of the image. Even though the image is made by a non-human process, it gives the viewer a remarkably vivid sense of being in the scene.
Another subgenre of movies is the psychological thriller. These dark, suspenseful thrillers feature a main character with mental illness. These characters often have suffered trauma as children. For example, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist, Norman Bates, suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. He is capable of adopting two different identities. After falling in love, he goes on a killing spree.
The genres of thrillers vary widely. Some are more popular than others. Some, like The Da Vinci Code, draw heavily from the genre of crime, while others draw from the genres of fantasy and science fiction. A few subgenres blend the two and create a uniquely compelling experience. Nevertheless, they all share the common characteristic of a protagonist who must work hard to survive.
B-movies are also characterized by their low budgets. They can range from campy comedy to taut contemporary thrillers. The genre is often associated with poor budget and unprofessional acting. It is also often associated with cheesy and slapdash settings. Nevertheless, this is an enduring tradition in filmmaking.
While Fall isn’t as effective as other “trapped” films, it is a fine example of a movie that has a strong cinematic component. Fall is a film that needs to be seen in a theater, not on VOD. The film’s overbearing editing and thin dialogue impede its success.