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Laurent Cantet

Martin O'Shaughnessy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780719091506
eISBN:
9781781708590
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091506.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Laurent Cantet is of one France’s leading contemporary directors. He probes the evolution and fault-lines of contemporary society from the home to the workplace and from the Republican school to ... More


Improving Passions

Charles Burnetts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748698196
eISBN:
9781474434881
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698196.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The book examines how the “sentimental”, a term so often invoked in film criticism, has been mobilized, denigrated, quarantined or ignored over 300 years of aesthetic debate. Responding to the often ... More


The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

Sharon Willis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692842
eISBN:
9781452950730
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692842.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The civil rights struggle was convulsing the nation, its violence broadcast into every living room. Against this fraught background, Sidney Poitier emerged as an image of dignity, discipline, and ... More


Melodrama in post-revolutionary Europe: the genealogy and diffusion of a ‘popular’ theatrical genre and experience, 1780–1830

Carlotta Sorba

in Leisure Cultures In Urban Europe, C.1700-1870: A transnational perspective

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089695
eISBN:
9781526104304
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089695.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

Moving away from leisure institutions and building types to the transnational diffusion of specific cultural genres and experiences, this chapter traces the origins of ‘melodrama’ as a modern ... More


Soundscapes of the city in Margaret Harkness, A City Girl (1887), Henry James, The Princess Casamassima (1885–86), and Katharine Buildings, Whitechapel

Ruth Livesey

in Margaret Harkness: Writing social engagement 1880-1921

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526123503
eISBN:
9781526141972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores Harkness’s first novel in the context of socialist fiction and the future of the modern novel in the 1880s. A City Girl pivots on one of the staple formulae of earlier ... More


‘Connie’: melodrama and Tory socialism

Deborah Mutch

in Margaret Harkness: Writing social engagement 1880-1921

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526123503
eISBN:
9781526141972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526123503.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Margaret Harkness’s serial story ‘Connie’ appeared in the socialist Labour Elector in 1893–94, but was left unfinished when the periodical folded, reaching no conclusion to the cross-class romance ... More


Beyond Allegory: Symbol and the Family Melodrama in Lost in Beijing

G. Andrew Stuckey

in Metacinema in Contemporary Chinese Film

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888390816
eISBN:
9789888455133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390816.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Li Yu, one of the few female Chinese film directors, has focused on female characters and issues women face. Lost in Beijing (2007) tells the story of Liu Pingguo, a migrant worker in Beijing who is ... More


Frustrating Formulas: Popular Genre and In the Mood for Love

Gary Bettinson

in The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888139293
eISBN:
9789888313082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139293.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter sets out to clarify Wong Kar-wai’s reliance on popular genre, qualifying the critical perspective that Wong is an “anti-genre” filmmaker. Rather, genre is seen here to facilitate three ... More


Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes, and the Birth of Gospel Cinema

Keith Corson

in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807045
eISBN:
9781496807083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Since Perry’s plays share with his film production a similar thematic focus on Christian morality, Keith Corson’s contribution to this collection charts the rise of regional theatre and the ... More


Cinema and Prison Reform

Alison Griffiths

in Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231161060
eISBN:
9780231541565
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161060.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 6: “Cinema and Prison Reform” examines how penal reformers appropriated cinema for their cause, addressing not only the moral rehabilitation of individual prisoners, but also changes in ... More


Entertaining the Colonels: Propaganda, social change and entertainment in Greek television fiction, 1967–74

Gregory Paschalidis

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The introduction of a regular television service in Greece coincided with the establishment of the Colonels’ dictatorship, and some of the most popular and best-remembered programmes from the ... More


Between politics and soap: The articulation of ideology and melodrama in Czechoslovak communist television serials, 1975–891

Irena Carpentier Reifová

in Popular television in authoritarian Europe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719082399
eISBN:
9781781707302
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082399.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Using the 1976 serial Muž na radnici (Man at City Hall) as a case study, this chapter investigates the Czechoslovak ‘seriál’ as emblematic of the ‘normalisation’ era of Czechoslovak television. The ... More


The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama

Louis Bayman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780748656424
eISBN:
9781474400947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656424.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After the war audiences filled Italian cinemas to watch films of passion and pathos. Highly emotional and consciously theatrical, these melodramas posed moral questions with stylish flair, and ... More


Melodrama, celebrity, The Queen

Mandy Merck

in The British monarchy on screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719099564
eISBN:
9781526109767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the midst of Princess Margaret’s 1950s romance with RAF Captain Peter Townsend, Malcolm Muggeridge wamed that the new celebrity coverage of the royal family would end in tears. But in 2006, ... More


When words fail: The King’s Speech as melodrama

Nicola Rehling

in The British monarchy on screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780719099564
eISBN:
9781526109767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099564.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The King’s Speech is paradigmatic of the contemporary trend of representing the British monarchy through melodrama, a mode the traditionally sides with the powerless. “Bertie” (George VI) is a ... More


A New Sensitivity

Hermann Kappelhoff

in The Politics and Poetics of Cinematic Realism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780231170727
eISBN:
9780231539319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170727.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The closing chapter examines Almodóvar's films as a contemporary reformulation of the “utopia of film.” As exemplary yet singular works of Western Cinema, they do not follow the logic of ... More


Aristophanic Structures in Sweeney Agonistes, “The Hollow Men,” and Murder in the Cathedral

Joshua Richards

in T. S. Eliot Studies Annual

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781942954286
eISBN:
9781786944177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954286.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

When T. S. Eliot began his foray into drama in the early 1920s, he wrote according to a schema derived from F. M. Cornford’s The Origin of Attic Comedy. Thus, Sweeney Agonistes is subtitled ... More


Dreams in the forest: romantic comedy

R. S. White

in Shakespeare's Cinema of Love: A Study in Genre and Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099748
eISBN:
9781526121165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099748.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter shows how Shakespeare innovated his unique brand of romantic comedy under the influence of prose romance and Lyly’s dramatized romance. The resulting hybrid form was so successful that ... More


‘Star-crossed lovers’: Romeo and Juliet and romantic tragedy

R. S. White

in Shakespeare's Cinema of Love: A Study in Genre and Influence

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719099748
eISBN:
9781526121165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719099748.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Romeo and Juliet is the most obvious example of a single play by Shakespeare influencing a myriad of movies, to the extent that we can recognize a ‘romeo-and-juliet’ genre film even when Shakespeare ... More


1968: A Pivotal Moment in Cinema

Sharon Monteith

in Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780748698936
eISBN:
9781474445160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698936.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines how various versions of 1968 in this cultural context provided creative opportunities for social comment in a changing media culture, focusing primarily on American film. ... More


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