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Genre, cycles and critical traditions

Kathrina Glitre

in Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-65

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719070785
eISBN:
9781781700990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

It is difficult or impossible to define what a romantic comedy is because all Hollywood films (except some war films) have romance and all have comedy. While the pervasive presence of romance and ... More


Kneeling on Glass—Elaine May’s A New Leaf (1971) as Screwball Black Comedy

Samm Deighan

in ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440189
eISBN:
9781474476607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Elaine May’s 1971 directorial debut, A New Leaf was a watershed moment within May’s career, but as a film important to the contemporary development of American comedy cinema. This chapter will ... More


Forensic Rhetoric in Early Revenge Tragedy and Early Romantic Comedy: Kyd, Lyly, and Shakespeare

Lorna Hutson

in The Invention of Suspicion: Law and Mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199212439
eISBN:
9780191707209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212439.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the place of forensic rhetoric and of evidential uncertainty in two other innovative genres of the 1580s and 1590s: revenge tragedy and romantic comedy. In pre-Reformation ... More


Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-65

Kathrina Glitre

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719070785
eISBN:
9781781700990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Hollywood romantic comedy inevitably ends with the union of a heterosexual couple. But does this union inevitably involve marriage? What part does equality play? Are love and desire identical? This ... More


 Is It All about Love Actually?: Sentimentality as Problem and Opportunity in the Use of Film for Teaching Theology and Religion

Clive Marsh

in Teaching Religion and Film

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335989
eISBN:
9780199868940
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335989.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

By using the three best‐known films of Richard Curtis as case material (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually), this chapter examines the problems and opportunities in using ... 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


Introduction

Kathrina Glitre

in Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union, 1934-65

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719070785
eISBN:
9781781700990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719070785.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Generally Hollywood romantic comedies end with a kiss. One can usually know how the plot will be resolved just by looking at the opening credits. The fact of this happy ending is conventionally ... More


Contesting Marriage: The Finnish Unromantic Comedy

Jaakko Seppälä

in Nordic Genre Film: Small Nation Film Cultures in the Global Marketplace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780748693184
eISBN:
9781474412223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693184.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The genre of the romantic comedy was domesticated in the studio era of Finnish cinema that lasted from the early 1930s to late 1950s by filmmakers who admired Hollywood films, an example of whom ... More


Engage the Enemy: Cavell Comedies of Remarriage and the Politics of Friendship

Cynthia Willett

in Difficulties of Ethical Life

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229734
eISBN:
9780823235186
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229734.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter uses comedy to explore the relevance of friendship to contemporary democratic theory. It begins with Jacques Derrida's discussion of friendship in relation to the democracy to come. It ... More


Momcom as Romcom: Pregnancy as a Vehicle for Romance

Kelly Oliver

in Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161091
eISBN:
9780231530705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161091.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

This chapter focuses on the emergence of Momcoms, or pregnant romcoms, and how pregnant bodies have become the media for transformation and the source of romance and comedy. This new subgenre of ... More


Negotiating Special Relationships: Susanne Bier’s Comedies

Gunhild Agger

in ReFocus: The Films of Susanne Bier

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474428729
eISBN:
9781474449595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428729.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

‘Negotiating Special Relationships: Susanne Bier’s Comedies’ highlights the diversity of Bier’s films by analyzing her comedies, which, Gunhild Agger argues, borrow from and innovate characteristics ... More


Happy endings and closure

James MacDowell

in Happy Endings in Hollywood Cinema: Cliché, Convention and the Final Couple

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748680177
eISBN:
9780748693825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680177.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

It is very common for scholars to treat the ‘happy ending’ as inseparable from definitive narrative closure. Chapter 2 looks in detail at this association by examining the degrees of closure which ... More


Preston Sturges and Screwball Comedy

Leger Grindon

in Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781474406550
eISBN:
9781474416146
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews key elements in the screwball cycle (1934-1942) of Hollywood romantic comedy, positioning The Lady Eve (1941) and The Palm Beach Story (1942) as late examples of screwball. The ... More


What a Woman Wants? Nancy Meyers’s The Intern

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

in Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474425261
eISBN:
9781474449632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425261.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focalises on Nancy Meyers, arguably the most successful woman filmmaker of all time. It shows how Meyers’s carefully composed mise-en-scène and the portrayal of privileged women ... More


Early Danish Musical Comedies, 1931–9

Niels Hartvigson

in Film's Musical Moments

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623440
eISBN:
9780748651115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623440.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Denmark produced seventy-seven sound films between 1931 and 1939, including more than fifty musical comedies deploying a content that is both romantic and populist. This chapter explores how the ... More


Romance and Weddings in Diaspora

Daniela Berghahn

in Far-Flung Families in Film: The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748642908
eISBN:
9780748689088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642908.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Why do weddings proliferate in diasporic family films and what it is about the big fat diasporic wedding that captures the imagination of diverse audiences? After providing a succinct survey of the ... More


. Sexy Vs. Funny: Sexuality in the Postfeminist Cycle

Michele Schreiber

in American Postfeminist Cinema: Women, Romance and Contemporary Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748693368
eISBN:
9780748696772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693368.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter Four continues Chapter Three’s examination of the reverberations surrounding contemporary romance’s preoccupation with the past, but here the past is that of girlhood. Postfeminist culture’s ... More


Happy endings and unrealism

James MacDowell

in Happy Endings in Hollywood Cinema: Cliché, Convention and the Final Couple

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748680177
eISBN:
9780748693825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680177.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The assumption that the Hollywood ‘happy ending’ is inherently ‘unrealistic’ is extremely prevalent. Chapter 3 examines the association of happy endings with ‘unrealism’ in two main ways. Firstly, it ... More


Comedies of Remarriage and the Transfiguration of the Commonplace

Dan Shaw

in Stanley Cavell and the Magic of Hollywood Films

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474455701
eISBN:
9781474476690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455701.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Romantic comedies have a difficult task before them, restoring our faith in a love that lasts. The sub-genre of the comedies of remarriage do this best of all rom-coms, by showing a divorced or ... More


Maid in Hollywood: Producing Latina Labor in an Anti-immigration Imaginary

Isabel Molina-Guzmán

in Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814757352
eISBN:
9780814759547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814757352.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter analyzes the cinematic and IMDb audience discourse about Latina migration and labor in two romantic Hollywood comedies, Spanglish (2004) and Maid in Manhattan (2002), to document how the ... More


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