Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

by Stanley Cavell
ISBN-10:
067473906X
ISBN-13:
9780674739062
Pub. Date:
01/28/1984
Publisher:
Harvard
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Overview

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

During the '30s and '40s, Hollywood produced a genre of madcap comedies that emphasized reuniting the central couple after divorce or separation. And the female protagonists were strong, independent, and sophisticated. Here, Stanley Cavell examines seven of those classic movies for their cinematic techniques, and for such varied themes as feminism, liberty and interdependence. Included are Adam's Rib, Bringing Up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674739062
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/28/1984
Series: Harvard Film Studies Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Words for a Conversation
  • 1. Cons and Pros

    The Lady Eve

  • 2. Knowledge as Transgression

    It Happened One Night

  • 3. Leopards in Connecticut

    Bringing Up Baby

  • 4. The Importance of Importance

    The Philadelphia Story

  • 5. Counterfeiting Happiness

    His Girl Friday

  • 6. The Courting of Marriage

    Adam’s Rib

  • 7. The Same and Different

    The Awful Truth

  • Appendix: Film in the University
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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