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Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility (Short Cuts) [Paperback]

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Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of one of the most popular genres at undergraduate Film Studies. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through which it is possible to make sense of melodrama; either as a genre, originating in European theatre of the 18th and 19th century, as a specific cinematic style, epitomised by the work of Douglas Sirk or as a sensibility that emerges in the context of specific texts, speaking to and reflecting the desires, concerns and anxieties of audiences. Films discussed include All That Heaven Allows, Safe, Fear Eats the Soul, Black Narcissus, Suddenly Last Summer and Rebel Without a Cause. Each chapter includes overviews of key essays, analyses of significant and widely studied films and includes an annotated reading list.

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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 29, 2004
Publisher   Wallflower Press
ISBN  1904764029  
ISBN13  9781904764021  

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A comprehensive introduction to the concept  May 26, 2006
Mercer and Shingler indebt anyone from an undergrad student embarking on an explaration of the many facets of the concept of melodrama, to a professor looking for a compact and accesible material to work with in a broad array of subjects, whether Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Women's Genre. Very readable, great case studies and consolidation of many critical approaches regarding melodramatic movies.

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