The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies (New Approaches to Film Genre)

The Hollywood Romantic Comedy: Conventions, History and Controversies (New Approaches to Film Genre)

By: Leger Grindon (author)Hardback

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The most up-to-date study of the Hollywood romantic comedy film, from the development of sound to the twenty-first century, this book examines the history and conventions of the genre and surveys the controversies arising from the critical responses to these films. * Provides a detailed interpretation of important romantic comedy films from as early as 1932 to movies made in the twenty-first century * Presents a full analysis of the range of romantic comedy conventions, including dramatic conflicts, characters, plots, settings, and the function of humor * Develops a survey of romantic comedy movies and builds a canon of key films from Hollywood's classical era right up to the present day * Chapters work as discrete studies as well as within the larger context of the book

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Leger Grindon is Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College, USA. He has written widely on film and is the author of Shadows on the Past: Studies in the Historical Fiction Film (1994) and Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema (2011).


List of Plates. Acknowledgements. 1 Introduction. 2 History, Cycles, and Society. 3 Thinking Seriously About Laughter and Romance. 4 Trouble in Paradise (1932): What is the Trouble in Paradise? 5 His Girl Friday (1940): Jailbreak! 6 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944): The Home Front Romantic Comedy. 7 Adam's Rib (1949): Anatomy Lesson. 8 Some Like It Hot (1959): Riding Sidesaddle. 9 The Graduate (1967): Counter-Conventions and Cultural Change. 10 Annie Hall (1977): The Trials of Partnership. 11 When Harry Met Sally (1989): Friendship, Sex, and Courtship. 12 There's Something About Mary (1998): Parody and the Grotesque. 13 Waitress (2007): Women's Ambivalence. A Chronology of Prominent Hollywood Romantic Comedies. References. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/03/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781405182669
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781405182669
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 1405182660

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