By Jeanine Basinger
From one in every of our best movie historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated exam of “the marriage movie”; what it really is (or isn’t) and what it has to inform us concerning the movies—and ourselves.
As lengthy as there were function videos there were marriage video clips, and but Hollywood has continually been wary approximately the right way to label them—perhaps simply because, in contrast to the other style of movie, the wedding motion picture resonates without delay with the event of virtually each grownup coming to determine it. here's “happily ever after”—except while issues aren't chuffed, and whilst “ever after” is unexpectedly terminated via divorce, tragedy . . . or perhaps homicide. together with her large-hearted knowing of the way movies—and audiences—work, Jeanine Basinger lines the various methods Hollywood has tussled with this tough topic, explicating the relationships of numerous marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple within the Iranian A Separation, from Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there has been one) to teach and his spouse in Friday evening lighting fixtures.
A treasure trove of perception and sympathy, illustrated with ratings of splendidly telling motion picture stills, posters, and advertisements.
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