Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference [NOOK Book]

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Famous co-stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, have made screwball and romantic comedies a big seller at the box office. These seemingly timeless genres are as popular today as ever! This book takes a closer look at the precise meanings of the terms screwball and romantic. Film fans and scholars alike tend to lump film with laughter and love under a screwball/romantic umbrella and use the terms screwball and romantic interchangeably. In reality, there is a distinction; the ...
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Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: Charting the Difference

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Overview

Famous co-stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, have made screwball and romantic comedies a big seller at the box office. These seemingly timeless genres are as popular today as ever! This book takes a closer look at the precise meanings of the terms screwball and romantic. Film fans and scholars alike tend to lump film with laughter and love under a screwball/romantic umbrella and use the terms screwball and romantic interchangeably. In reality, there is a distinction; the screwball variety places its emphasis on "funny," while the more traditional romantic comedy accents "love." Covering over 60 titles each of romantic and screwball comedy dating from the 1930s to the present, this research tool not only demonstrates how screwball and romantic comedy are two distinct genres, but also highlights pivotal social and artistic changes which impacted both genres. Includes 24 black and white movie stills, countless quotations from selected films, an annotated bibliography, and a two-part filmography. Not only an informative resource for film students and scholars, but also an interesting read for film buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461670919
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/16/2002
  • Series: Studies in Film Genres , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,392,698
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Wes D. Gehring is Professor of Film at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and an Associate Media Editor of USA Today Magazine. He is the author of 16 critically acclaimed books including individual volumes on the comedy genres of populism, comedy, personality comedian, dark comedy, and screwball comedy. His other books include biographies of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Screwball Comedy 29
Ch. 3 Romantic Comedy 67
Ch. 4 Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn 97
Ch. 5 Screwball and Romantic Comedy in the Modern Era: Since 1960 145
Ch. 6 Epilogue 185
Selected Filmography 191
Selected Annotated Bibliography 209
Index 215
About the Author 222
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