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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


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


The same, but different: marriage, remarriage and screwball comedy

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/9780719070785.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews the tension between the union of the couple and the representation of marriage in screwball comedy. Marriage is commonly understood in the screwball world to involve misery, ... More


Talking Back: Voice in Screwball Comedy

Heidi Wilkins

in Talkies, Road Movies and Chick Flicks: Gender, Genre and Film Sound in American Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474406895
eISBN:
9781474418492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406895.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Film had always been accompanied by sound in one form or another, but the ‘talkies’ introduced the prospect of a wider variety of film genres within mainstream narrative cinema that had not been ... More


‘Madly mated’: The Taming of the Shrew and odd-couple 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/9780719099748.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

As a satirical or native English comedy, The Taming of the Shrew has been contentious in modern times for its inescapable patriarchal assumptions, but also extremely popular on stage and screen. ... More


Normative Desires and Visual Sobriety: Apogee of the Classical Model

Veronica Pravadelli

in Classic Hollywood: Lifestyles and Film Styles of American Cinema, 1930-1960

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038778
eISBN:
9780252096730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038778.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that in the mid-1930s, American cinema perfected a classical form that dominated till the end of the decade. This form arose out of a new convergence between lifestyle and film ... More


An American Kipling: Colonial Discourse, Settler Culture and the Hollywood Studio System in George Stevens’ Gunga Din

Jerod Ra'Del Hollyfield

in Framing Empire: Postcolonial Adaptations of Victorian Literature in Hollywood

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474429948
eISBN:
9781474453561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429948.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Serious scholarly attention to Gunga Din(1939) has largely been neglected as allegations of condescending and one-dimensional depictions of its Indian characters have disrupted its reputation as one ... More


The Eye of the Storm: Preston Sturges and Performance

Diane Carson

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/9781474406550.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses performance in The Lady Eve and The Palm Beach Story with comparisons and contrasts to several other Sturges comedies. It examines performative choices by Barbara Stanwyck, ... More


Chapter 13

Mark Glancy

in Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780190053130
eISBN:
9780190053161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190053130.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

In 1937, Cary Grant’s career as a freelance star began with three screwball comedies that established him as the master of this genre. Topper (1937), made by the independent producer Hal Roach, ... More


The ‘Awful Truth’ about Cary Grant

Mark Glancy

in Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748699926
eISBN:
9781474426749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699926.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers the creation of Cary Grant’s star persona – the combination of image, the characters he played, and the publicity that came to form his screen identity – between his early ... More


Creating a Broadway Musical: The Conception and Debut of On the Town

Carol J. Oja

in Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199862092
eISBN:
9780199379989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862092.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American, Dance

On the Town fused the creative voices of Fancy Free and The Revuers. This chapter chronicles the genesis of the, emphasizing how its key personnel crossed over freely between concert halls and ... More


Hollywood Storytelling

Todd Berliner

in Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190658748
eISBN:
9780190658786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 studies the aesthetic pleasures of Hollywood cinema’s approach to storytelling. It examines the cognitive processes at work when a film cues spectators to construct a film’s story in their ... More


Classicism and Deviation in His Girl Friday and Double Indemnity

Todd Berliner

in Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780190658748
eISBN:
9780190658786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 2 illustrates an aesthetically productive balance between easy understanding and cognitive challenge in classical Hollywood cinema with extended analyses of His Girl Friday and Double ... More


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