ISBN-10:
0814320651
ISBN-13:
9780814320655
Pub. Date:
02/01/1991
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama / Edition 1

Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama / Edition 1

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Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film & Television Melodrama / Edition 1

Marcia Landy has gathered thirty-seven important essays on film and melodrama that have appeared in books and journals over the last two decades. In her introduction to the book, Landy explores the recent interest in the genre in relation to theoretical work in psychoanalysis and semiotics, setting the stage for the essays that follow.

The book's seven sections examine the history of melodrama, its emphasis on emotional excess, its manicheanism, and its dependence on non-verbal strategies to communicate. Essays focus on the family melodramas of the 1950s, the role of Hollywood directors and stars in the development of the genre, and melodrama in the silent films and on television. The book concludes with an exploration of the use of melodrama in European and Latin American cinema, both silent and sound.

Imitations of Life thus provides a variety of perspectives-chronological, theoretical, and international-on the genre while investigating its cultural, social, and political significance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814320655
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1991
Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Marcia Landay is a professor of English and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh. A Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, she is the author of Facism and Film: Italian Commercial Cinema, 1930-1943 as well as articles in such journals as Film Criticism, Jump Cut, and Cinema Journal.

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