I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies

I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies


From certainly one of our major movie historians and interpreters: a brilliantly researched, irresistibly witty, delightfully illustrated exam of “the marriage movie”; what it's (or isn’t) and what it has to inform us concerning the movies—and ourselves.

As lengthy as there were function videos there were marriage videos, and but Hollywood has continuously been wary approximately easy methods to label them—perhaps simply because, not like the other style of movie, the wedding motion picture resonates without delay with the event of virtually each grownup coming to determine it. this is “happily ever after”—except whilst issues are not chuffed, and whilst “ever after” is unexpectedly terminated by means of divorce, tragedy . . . or perhaps homicide. along with her large-hearted knowing of the way movies—and audiences—work, Jeanine Basinger lines the various methods Hollywood has tussled with this difficult topic, explicating the relationships of numerous marriages from Blondie and Dagwood to the heartrending couple within the Iranian A Separation, from Tracy and Hepburn to Laurel and Hardy (a marriage if ever there has been one) to educate and his spouse in Friday evening Lights.
A treasure trove of perception and sympathy, illustrated with rankings of splendidly telling motion picture stills, posters, and ads.

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