Introducing the subject of Marginalia

Having started writing reviews for my project made me aware of certain things that didn’t really matter to me when it was a private project. One such issue was that I sometimes found myself in a possession to comment on whether movie I watched actually qualified for my project. I was supposed to be covering fantasy, science fiction and horror. Yet I often found myself watching movies that didn’t quite fit neatly into any of these genres. Here is a short list of several movies I’ve covered over the years. Each of them had appeared in one of my sources. But could any of these be said to really belong to one of these genres?

Houdini (1953)

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Deliverance (1972)

Charly (1968)

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

From Russia With Love (1963)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Richard III (1955)

Camera Makes Whoopee (1935)

You’re Telling Me (1934)

In each case I found myself asking whether these movies could really be described as genre or not. Yet there must have been a reason each one of these was included in their respective sources. Still, at any rate, I would eventually consign many of these movies to an area called Marginalia: Movies that don’t strictly belong to the genre but which contain elements that make the movie nudge up against one of the genres in question. In my next post on the subject, I’ll give a quick rundown on how these movies served as marginalia (or not, as the case may be).


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