Unlikely Couples / Edition 1

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Overview


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.
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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, race, or gender composition) explore and expose societal attitudes and prejudices. Films under consideration include , , , and . Includes b&w film stills. The author is a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College and was chair of the film program there from 1991 to 1999. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813334394
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Thinking through Cinema Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Thomas E. Wartenberg is professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College and was chair of the film program there from 1991-1999.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Filmography
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 The Subversive Potential of the Unlikely Couple Film 1
Pt. 1 Class
2 Pygmalion: The Flower Girl and the Bachelor 21
3 It Happened One Night: An Education in Humility 47
4 Pretty Woman: A Fairy Tale of Oedipalized Capitalism 67
5 White Palace: Dustbuster Epiphanies 89
Pt. 2 Race
6 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Does Father Really Know Best? 111
7 Jungle Fever: Souring on Forbidden Fruit 131
8 Mississippi Masala: Love in a Postcolonial World 153
9 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: The Privileges of "Race" 173
Pt. 3 Sexual Orientation
10 Desert Hearts: Betting on Lesbian Love 193
11 The Crying Game: Loving in Ignorance 209
12 Movie Romance and the Critique of Hierarchy 231
Bibliography 243
Index 249
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