For this assignment, you will study the evolution of the Thriller (Crime/Heist) genre of film, working with the thematically linked films of The Killing (1956) by Stanley Kubrick and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song(1971) by Martin Van Peebles. Also you must use outside research from at least three sources to help you identify the film genre’s history, myths, conventions, and iconography, you will develop a thesis about the genre and how it works across time and in an ever-changing culture. Your thesis must make a claim about how and why your genre has changed over time and engage with the class concepts on Genre. Your paper should consider how genre creates meaning in these two films and how this reflects a larger argument about the genre’s relation to the culture in which it is produced (for example, both the U.S. social culture and the Hollywood industry). This is, first and foremost, a paper about genre. Your films are illustrative examples of the genre within a historical/cultural context that will help you understand how and why it has changed over time. They will also help limit your focus, as not every generic myth, convention, or icon will be relevant to your films and your thesis. You are not simply discussing your films’ similarities and differences. Your argument and analysis must demonstrate a historical understanding of the genre and how your films work within the genre. You should examine the generic myths, conventions, and iconography at work in the films, as well as the ways in which the style (or formal elements) influence how audiences understand and interpret these various generic elements. Topics to consider are What were the major world or national events going on at the time: How were major world or national events shaping the ways people thought about their lives? Also think in terms of social issues: Do your films reflect changing social standards and attitudes about race, class, sexuality; or what is considered taboo or transgressive? what was happening in the Hollywood industry during the periods you are working with. Things to consider: Was there a new technology, like sound, that was changing the way filmmakers were able to tell stories? Were the studios strong or falling apart? Was there a lot of censorship or were things relatively free? Then, you can get more specific. Ask yourself: Were both of my films studio films or were they independent? Did they undergo censorship or not? How did each director come to make the film? How would this influence how the myths, conventions and iconographies are being presented?