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Action and adventure films


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    • Action and adventure films
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    • Action-adventure films
    • Action films
    • Action movies
    • Adventure and action films
    • Adventure films
    • Adventure movies
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    • found: Filmsite WWW site, May 21, 2008(Action films have tremendous impact, continuous high energy, lots of physical stunts and activity, possibly extended chase scenes, races, rescues, battles, martial arts, mountains and mountaineering, destructive disasters (floods, explosions, natural disasters, fires, etc.), fights, escapes, non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous heroes - all designed for pure audience escapism with the action sequences at the core of the film; The main action centers around a male action hero or protagonist; Adventure films are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales. Adventure films are very similar to the action film genre, in that they are designed to provide an action-filled, energetic experience for the film viewer. Rather than the predominant emphasis on violence and fighting that is found in action films, however, the viewer of adventure films can live vicariously through the travels, conquests, explorations, creation of empires, struggles and situations that confront the main characters, actual historical figures or protagonists)
    • found: GSAFD, 2000(Adventure films. UF Swashbucklers, Thrillers)
    • found: Yee, M.M. Moving image materials, 1988(Swashbucklers. Use for fictional genre films in which the protagonist, in period costume, fights, usually with his sword, for a noble cause. RT Epics; Thrillers: USE Crime drama, Disaster drama, Horror drama, Spy drama)
    • found: The moving image genre-form guide, via WWW, Mar. 6, 2001(Adventure. Fictional work set in a historical period, from the Middle Ages through the 19th century, typically dramatizing the exploits of actual historical figures or incidents, including kings and battles, rebellion, piracy and the Spanish Main, travel, exploration, and the creation of empires. Larger ideological issues are mythicized and conflicts personalized over historical accuracy. Adventure usually involves a courageous, altruistic and patriotic hero willing to fight for his beliefs, who becomes involved in a struggle for freedom by overcoming oppression and helping to create a more just society. Used for Swashbuckler. Other genres often confused with Adventure include Ancient world, Animal, Aviation, Crime, Thriller, Science fiction, Survival, and War; for a comprehensive list, examine the see references under Action-adventure; Action-adventure see such genres as Adventure, Ancient world, Animal, Aviation, Caper, Crime, Disaster, Espionage, Fantasy, Gangster, Jungle, Martial arts, Mystery, Police, Prehistoric, Prison, Science fiction, Singing cowboy, Sports, Survival, Thriller, War, Western, Yukon)
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    • 2011-05-02: new
    • 2011-05-18: revised
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