In the thirties a certain pattern of genres was established. That is a musical, a scientific movie, a gangster film, a horror film and a thriller. The seventies didn't change the state of things. These movies stayed the most profitable ones.
Nowadays this has undergone some changes. When the sound was invented in 1926, movies became well established and have remained the dominant modals with some variations until today. One can clearly define the western and the musical. It is not an easy thing sometimes to draw a distinct line between gangster films, detectives and mystery films. As to horror films and science fiction, they often seem to merge. What you can easily identify that is war films and romantic, historical adventures.
Hollywood had great difficulties with the new medium of television during the fifties. Most of the classic genres began to feed on themselves. But the musicals depended on Broadway for stage adaptations. Soon the film industry began to rise from its knees. Throughout the sixties detective films turned into agent (spy) films. The Black Power Movement brought its changes into filmmaking. Black people, one-fifth of the nation, were liberated from the cultural ghetto. They now can be seen and heard daily on television and cinema screens.
In England the cinema is usually called the pictures. In America the word the movies is often used. Cinema-going is a favorite pastime in Britain. People go to the cinema once or twice a week. Cinema-going is more popular in industrial towns in the North of England and Scotland than in the South. However, especially if it is cold and wet outside, many people like to stay at home to watch TV.
British cinema-goers see mainly English and American films, though many of the foreign films are often shown in London and in the South of the country. In our country cinema-going is not so popular now as it was earlier. People prefer to stay at home and to watch TV or video.
I like to watch films very much. I prefer melodramas, comedies and tragedies, but I do not like horror movies and thrillers very much, and I hate soap operas, although they are becoming very popular in our country. My favorite film is Titanik with Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet starring. It is really wonderful from the beginning to the end. There are a lot of films which are worth seeing, but this one is the best one to my mind.