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Author MacDowell, James, author.
Title Happy endings in Hollywood cinema : cliché, convention and the final couple / James MacDowell.
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2013]
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 Floor4  PN1993.5.U6 M33 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description v, 218 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibiographical refernces and index.
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction : the 'happy ending' : the making of a reputation -- The 'happy ending' and homogeneity -- Happy endings and closure -- Happy endings and unrealism -- Happy endings and ideology -- Conclusion : Provisions for the future -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary The Hollywood "happy ending" has long been considered among the most famous and standardised features in the whole of narrative filmmaking. Yet, while ceaselessly invoked, this notorious device has received barely any detailed attention from the field of film studies. This book is the first in-depth examination of one of the most overused and under-analysed concepts in discussions of popular cinema. What exactly is the "happy ending"? Is it simply a cliché, as commonly supposed? Why has it earned such an unenviable reputation? What does it, or can it, mean? Concentrating especially on conclusions featuring an ultimate romantic union - the final couple - this wide-ranging investigation probes traditional associations between the "happy ending" and homogeneity, closure, "unrealism", and ideological conservatism, testing widespread assumptions against the evidence offered by a range of classical and contemporary films.
Subject Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780748680177 (hbk.)
0748680179 (hbk.)
9780748680184 (PDF ebook)
OCLC number 856628499