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Author Basinger, Jeanine.
Title I do and I don't : a history of marriage in the movies / Jeanine Basinger.
Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
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 Floor4  PN1995.9.M3 B37 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description xxviii, 395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-366) and index.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Marriage in motion pictures.
Marriage in popular culture -- United States.
ISBN 9780307269164 (hardback)
0307269167 (hardback)
OCLC number 793579057