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Such a position, like the ``reflection of culture'' perspective, uses an overly simplified model of spectatorship, seeing only the influence of industry over audience rather than the ritual theory's inverse schema. Text-based ideology critique often assumes a degree of textual determinism, whereby viewers are more passive than active in relation to cinematic meaning. However, in the 1980s, specific genres such as 36 Genre melodrama and film noir were also seen as textual structures that manifested ideological contradictions and thus invited viewers to negotiate or question the conventional resolutions and patterns of Hollywood narrative.
In the United States, the 1980s and 1990s have seen a remarkable resurgence of popular interest in documentary film, indicated by the theatrical success of Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line (1987), Michael Moore's Roger and Me (1989), Jennie Livingston's Paris is Burning (1991), and Michael Apted's 35 Up (1991), among others. At the same time, the rise in the US of numerous television-based, hybrid formats has blurred the hypothetical line between documentary and fictional representation (veriteÂ-style programs like Cops, ``infotainment'' magazine formats such as 20/20, 48 Hours, and Dateline, fact-based reenactment shows like Emergency 911 and America's 40 Genre Most Wanted, and televised trials on Court TV) (cf.
In ``The Idea of Genre in the American Cinema,'' Ed Buscombe takes a position similar to Alloway's use of iconology, suggesting that generic visual conventions can be productively analyzed without assuming that they are part of a comprehensive thematic structure. ) is not comprehensive or definitive of what westerns are about, but it is saying ``something both intelligible and useful,'' namely that ``the visual conventions provide a framework within which the story can be told'' (Buscombe 1995: 15).