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Unit 01 :
Let’s learn about different kinds of films.
1. action /ˈæk.ʃən/
a type of film in which a lot of exciting things happen
2. adventure /ədˈven.tʃɚ/
a genre of film that typically use their action scenes to display and explore exotic locations in an energetic way.
3. comedy /ˈkræk.ɚ/
a (type of) film, play, or book that is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action
His latest movie is described as a “romantic comedy“.
a genre that relies on the emotional and relational development of realistic characters
She’s starred in several TV dramas.
5. horror /ˈhɔːr.ɚ/
a film in which very frightening or unnatural things happen, for example, dead people coming to life and people being murdered
6. romance /roʊˈmæns/
a film that focuses on the development of love between the main characters
7. animation /ˌæn.əˈmeɪ.ʃən/
moving images created from drawings, models, etc. that are photographed or created by a computer
Thanks to computer animation, it is now possible to make cartoons much more quickly than in the past.
8. thriller /ˈθrɪl.ɚ/
a film that has an exciting story, often about solving a crime
It’s described here as a taut psychological thriller.
9. suspense /səˈspens/
a film that features a build-up of suspense, tension, uncertainty, menace, and anxiety as primary elements.
10. science fiction (sci-fi) /ˌsaɪəns ˈfɪk.ʃən/
a film about an imagined future, especially about space travel or other planets
a science-fiction novel/story
Match the correct meaning to each vocabulary.
- romance __ 2. action __ 3. thriller __ 4. comedy __ 5. drama __
a) a film that has an exciting story, often about solving a crime
b) a type of film in which a lot of exciting things happen
c) a genre that relies on the emotional and relational development of realistic characters
d) a film that focuses on the development of love between the main characters
e) a (type of) film, play, or book that is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action
11. musical /ˈmjuː.zɪ.kəl/
a play or film in which part of the story is sung to music
12. war /wɔːr/
a film genre concerned with warfare, typically about naval, air, or land battles, with combat scenes central to the drama.
a war film/grave/hero/poet
13. western /ˈwes.tɚn/
a genre of fiction that tells stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West.
a film that is long and contains a lot of action, usually dealing with a historical subject
It’s one of those old Hollywood epics with a cast of thousands.
15. historical /hɪˈstɔːr.ɪ.kəl/
a fiction film showing past events or set within a historical period.
a genre that revolves around the action of a criminal mastermind
17. superhero /ˈsuː.pɚˌhɪr.oʊ/
a film that is focused on superhuman abilities relative to a normal person and is dedicated to protecting the public.
18. cinema /ˈsɪn.ə.mə/
a theatre where people pay to watch films
a cinema ticket
19. seat /siːt/
a piece of furniture or part of a train, plane, etc. that has been designed for someone to sit on
My ticket says 22D but there’s already someone in that seat.
20. curtain /ˈkɝː.t̬ən/
the large screen of heavy material in a theater that separates the stage from the area where people are watching
Circle the word that has the same meaning.
1.a genre that revolves around the action of a criminal mastermind
2.a theater where people pay to watch films
3.a play or film in which part of the story is sung to music
21. audience /ˈɑː.di.əns/
the group of people together in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc.
The audience was/were clearly delighted with the performance.
22. director /dɪˈrek.tɚ/
a person who is in charge of a film or play and tells the actors how to play their parts
a famous film/movie director
23. producer /prəˈduː.sɚ/
a person who makes the practical and financial arrangements needed to make a film, play, or television or radio program
a Hollywood/movie producer
24. editor /ˈed.ɪ.t̬ɚ/
a person who corrects or changes pieces of text or films before they are printed or shown
25. actor /ˈæk.tɚ/
someone who pretends to be someone else while performing in a film, play, or television or radio program
26. actress /ˈæk.trəs/
a female actor
27. cast /kæst/
the actors in a film, play, or show
Part of the movie’s success lies in the strength of the supporting cast.
28. scene /siːn/
a part of a play or film in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period of time
Juliet dies in Act IV, Scene iii.
29. title /ˈtaɪ.t̬əl/
the name of a film, book, painting, piece of music, etc.
30. plot /plɑːt/
the story of a book, film, play, etc.
The movie has a very simple plot.
Discuss the questions with your tutor.
- What is your all-time favorite movie? Why?
- What movie star would you most like to meet?
- When there’s a new movie on and you are interested in it, do you usually go to the cinema to watch it or wait and see it on DVD?