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Unlikely Couples : Movie Romance As Social Criticism - Thomas E. Wartenberg

Unlikely Couples

Movie Romance As Social Criticism

Paperback Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780813334394
Number Of Pages: 280

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In "Unlikely Couples, " Thomas E. Wartenberg directly challenges the view that narrative cinema inherently supports the dominant social interests by examining the way popular films about "unlikely couples" (a mismatched romantic union viewed as inappropriate due to its class, racial, or gender composition) explore, expose, and criticize societal attitudes, boundaries, and prejudices. The films under consideration--including "King Kong," " Pygmalion, It Happened One Night, Pretty Woman, White Palace, Some Like it Hot, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Mississippi Masala, Jungle Fever, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Desert Hearts, "and" The Crying Game--"are examined both individually and as a whole to illustrate how the genre uses the figure of a transgressive couple to explore tensions in genre's use of the figure of a transgressive couple to condemn social hierarchy as well as to raise a range of significant philosophical topics.

List of Illustrations
The Subversive Potential of the Unlikely Couple Filmp. 1
Pygmalion: The Flower Girl and the Bachelorp. 21
It Happened One Night: An Education in Humilityp. 47
Pretty Woman: A Fairy Tale of Oedipalized Capitalismp. 67
White Palace: Dustbuster Epiphaniesp. 89
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Does Father Really Know Best?p. 111
Jungle Fever: Souring on Forbidden Fruitp. 131
Mississippi Masala: Love in a Postcolonial Worldp. 153
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: The Privileges of "Race"p. 173
Sexual Orientation
Desert Hearts: Betting on Lesbian Lovep. 193
The Crying Game: Loving in Ignorancep. 209
Movie Romance and the Critique of Hierarchyp. 231
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780813334394
ISBN-10: 081333439X
Series: Thinking Through Cinema, 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st April 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1