The Benefits of Genre: Feel-Good Films as a Path to Health and Well-Being

Hjort, Mette (2022) The Benefits of Genre: Feel-Good Films as a Path to Health and Well-Being. In: A Companion to Motion Pictures and Public Value. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, pp. 556-573. ISBN 9781119677116, 9781119677154

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119677154.ch25

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This chapter builds a case for seeing moving images as a vehicle for the realization of health and well-being, a public value according to Daniel M. Hausman. Rather than mapping the terrain of moving images as they relate to health and well-being, the intent here is to examine a particular type of film, the so-called ‘feel-good film.’ The aim is to bring questions of genre into play as we further explore the benefits of moving images for health and well-being, the point being that some kinds of film—feel-good films—appear to be significantly more beneficial than others. Indeed, other genres may even be detrimental to health and well-being, for reasons having to do, among other things, with how they impact our emotions. It seems clear that the public value of health and well-being cannot simply be ascribed to the cinema as such. For this reason, the task of exploring the issue of genre must be a priority.

Keywords:health humanities, cinema and health, feel-good films, film genres
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
ID Code:49650
Deposited On:08 Jun 2022 14:34

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