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I do and I don't : a history of marriage in the movies

Author: Jeanine Basinger
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From one of our leading film historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated examination of "the marriage movie": what it is (or isn't) and what it has to tell us about the movies--and ourselves. As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them--perhaps because unlike any  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanine Basinger
ISBN: 9780307269164 0307269167
OCLC Number: 793579057
Description: xxviii, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The silent era --
pt. 2. Defining the marriage movie in the studio system. The couple --
Their problems --
Their situations --
pt. 3. The modern era.
Responsibility: Jeanine Basinger.

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"From one of our leading film historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated examination of "the marriage movie": what it is (or isn't) and what it has to tell us about the movies--and ourselves. As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them--perhaps because unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Here is "happily ever after"--Except when things aren't happy, and when "ever after" is abruptly terminated by divorce, tragedy. or even murder. With her large-hearted understanding of how movies--and audiences--work, Basinger traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with this tricky subject, explicating the relationships of countless marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple in the Iranian A Separation, from Coach and his wife in Friday Night Lights to Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there was one). A treasure trove of insight and sympathy, illustrated with scores of wonderfully telling movies stills, posters, and ads"--

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