Item description for Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility (Short Cuts) by John Mercer & Martin Shingler...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 29, 2004
Publisher Wallflower Press
ISBN 1904764029 ISBN13 9781904764021
Availability 0 units.
More About John Mercer & Martin Shingler
John Mercer is a lecturer in film and media studies at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK.
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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.