It Happened One Night / Edition 1

It Happened One Night / Edition 1

by Linda Mizejewski
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405173882

ISBN-13: 9781405173889

Pub. Date: 12/22/2009

Publisher: Wiley

A movie that swept the 1934 Academy Awards and captivated Depression-era America, It Happened One Night challenged the ways Americans imagined marriage, romance, gender, and class difference. This book examines key scenes and formal features of It Happened One Night, and explores its lasting importance in film history and in cultural studies.

Overview

A movie that swept the 1934 Academy Awards and captivated Depression-era America, It Happened One Night challenged the ways Americans imagined marriage, romance, gender, and class difference. This book examines key scenes and formal features of It Happened One Night, and explores its lasting importance in film history and in cultural studies.

  • Consideration of the film’s role in establishing the genre of the romantic comedy film
  • Investigations into the film’s persistent sexuality and its creativity in avoiding Depression-era censorship
  • Establishment of the cultural, economic, and political context of a film that directly addresses the Depression and class issues
  • Exploration of how the film invokes and develops the stardom of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and how this stardom intersects with the film’s topics of gender, genre, sexuality, and class

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405173889
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: Little Picture, Big Classic 1

Legends and a Legendary Hit 1

Adaptation: "Night Bus" to Sleeper Hit 6

Capra and Authorship 13

1 Rules and Unruliness: Romantic Comedy 17

Gender and Genre 17

Screwball Characters Meet Cute 21

Intimacy, Violence, and Marriage 30

2 Sex and Censorship: The Wavering Walls of Jericho 41

The Hays Office and the Production Code 41

Censorship and the Power of "It" 46

Constructing the Walls of Jericho 51

The Walls Tumble Down 62

3 Capra, Class, and the Runaway Heiress 69

Hollywood and the Great Depression 69

The Runaway Heiress 75

Capra and Class Politics 83

4 Stardom: Shirtless Gable, Classy Colbert 96

Cave Man and a Menace to Morals 96

"Who Do You Think You Are? Clark Gable?" 103

Tough Dame, Lovely Frog 110

The Runaway Bride 118

Notes 122

Works Cited 126

Index 132

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