Thriller Code and Conventions
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BFI Screenonline: Thriller

BFI Screenonline: Thriller | Thriller Code and Conventions | Scoop.it
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BFI Screenonline

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Definitive guide to British film and TV history, with analysis, information and multimedia
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BFI Screenonline is a sub website produced by the British Film Institute in order to provide films and clips of all genres that they have gone through production of.

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Thriller (genre) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television programming that uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements.[1] Thrillers heavily stimulate the viewer's moods giving them a high level of anticipation, ultra-heightened expectation, uncertainty, surprise, anxiety and/or terror. Thriller films tend to be adrenaline-rushing, gritty, rousing and fast-paced. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists and cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome.[2][3]

Common subgenres are psychological thrillers, crime thrillers and mystery thrillers.[4] After the assassination of President Kennedy, the political thriller genre became very popular.[5] Another common subgenre of thriller is the spy genre which deals with fictional espionage. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock. The horror and action genres often overlap with the thriller genre.[6]

In 2001, the American Film Institute in Los Angeles made its definitive selection of the top 100 greatest American "heart-pounding" and "adrenaline-inducing" films of all time. To be eligible, the 400 nominated films had to be American-made films, whose thrills have "enlivened and enriched America's film heritage". AFI also asked jurors to consider "the total adrenaline-inducing impact of a film's artistry and craft".[7][8]

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The code and conventions are clearly shown on the first paragraph of the wikipedia page for 'Thriller'. It includes suspense, excitement, tension, and feelings such as anxiety, terror, and anticipation

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