It Happened One Night

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 8, 2009 - Performing Arts - 152 pages
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A movie that swept the 1934 Academy Awards and captivated Depression-era America, It Happened One Night challenged the ways Americans imagined marriage, romance, gender, and class difference. This book examines key scenes and formal features of It Happened One Night, and explores its lasting importance in film history and in cultural studies.
  • Consideration of the film’s role in establishing the genre of the romantic comedy film
  • Investigations into the film’s persistent sexuality and its creativity in avoiding Depression-era censorship
  • Establishment of the cultural, economic, and political context of a film that directly addresses the Depression and class issues
  • Exploration of how the film invokes and develops the stardom of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and how this stardom intersects with the film’s topics of gender, genre, sexuality, and class
 

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Contents

Introduction Little Picture Big Classic
1
1 Rules and Unruliness Romantic Comedy
17
2 Sex and Censorship The Wavering Walls of Jericho
41
3 Capra Class and the Runaway Heiress
69
4 Stardom Shirtless Gable Classy Colbert
96
Notes
122
Works Cited
126
Index
132
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Linda Mizejewski is Professor of Women’s Studies at Ohio State University.

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