This idea is approached from the perspective of genre classification and identification, and for the purposes of this study the Investigation Film genre, which includes detective films, films noir and police procedurals, comes under scrutiny largely because of its links with social realist cinema.
Using several films in the corpus for close reading, the study charts the progression of the genre as films navigate its resistance and malleability to social preoccupations, before using this tension to describe how genre can be used to construct horizontality between film and viewer.
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