Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

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Harvard University Press, 1981 - Performing Arts - 283 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Words for a Conversation
1
Cons and Pros
45
Knowledge as Transgression
71
Leopards in Connecticut
111
The Importance of Importance
133
Counterfeiting Happiness
161
The Courting of Marriage
189
The Same and Different
229
Film in the University
265
75
275
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Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

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