Melodrama and Meaning

Barbara Klinger shows how institutions most associated with Hollywood cinema—academia, the film industry, review journalism, star publicity, and the mass media—create meaning and ideological identity for films.

Author: Barbara Klinger

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253208750

Category: Performing Arts

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Melodrama and Meaning is a major addition to the new historical approach to film studies. Barbara Klinger shows how institutions most associated with Hollywood cinema—academia, the film industry, review journalism, star publicity, and the mass media—create meaning and ideological identity for films. Chapters focus on Sirk's place in the development of film studies from the 1950s through the 1980s, as well as the history of the critical reception (both academic and popular) of Sirk's films, a history that outlines journalism's role in public tastemaking. Other chapters are devoted to Universal's selling of Written on the Wind, the machinery of star publicity and the changing image of Rock Hudson, and the contemporary "institutionalized" camp response to Sirk that has resulted from developments in mass culture.

Latin American Melodrama

Devotees of comedies and melodramas were not seeking to 'dream,' but to learn
skills, to lose inhibitions, to suffer and ... how melodrama is constructed in a
different discursive context, see Barbara Klinger, Melodrama and Meaning:
History, ...

Author: Darlene J. Sadlier

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252092329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Like their Hollywood counterparts, Latin American film and TV melodramas have always been popular and highly profitable. The first of its kind, this anthology engages in a serious study of the aesthetics and cultural implications of Latin American melodramas. Written by some of the major figures in Latin American film scholarship, the studies range across seventy years of movies and television within a transnational context, focusing specifically on the period known as the "Golden Age" of melodrama, the impact of classic melodrama on later forms, and more contemporary forms of melodrama. An introductory essay examines current critical and theoretical debates on melodrama and places the essays within the context of Latin American film and media scholarship. Contributors are Luisela Alvaray, Mariana Baltar, Catherine L. Benamou, Marvin D’Lugo, Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson, Gilberto Perez, Darlene J. Sadlier, Cid Vasconcelos, and Ismail Xavier.

Beyond the Multiplex

This is the first full-length study of how contemporary entertainment technologies and media—from cable television and VHS to DVD and the Internet—shape our encounters with the movies and affect the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological ...

Author: Barbara Klinger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520939077

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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Since the mid-eighties, more audiences have been watching Hollywood movies at home than at movie theaters, yet little is known about just how viewers experience film outside of the multiplex. This is the first full-length study of how contemporary entertainment technologies and media—from cable television and VHS to DVD and the Internet—shape our encounters with the movies and affect the aesthetic, cultural, and ideological definitions of cinema. Barbara Klinger explores topics such as home theater, film collecting, classic Hollywood movie reruns, repeat viewings, and Internet film parodies, providing a multifaceted view of the presentation and reception of films in U.S. households. Balancing industry history with theoretical and cultural analysis, she finds that today cinema's powerful social presence cannot be fully grasped without considering its prolific recycling in post-theatrical venues—especially the home.

Filmed Thought

Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture, and the Films of Douglas Sirk.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Livingston, P. 2009. Cinema, Philosophy,
Bergman: On Film as Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. MacDowell, J.
2016.

Author: Robert B. Pippin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022667200X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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With the rise of review sites and social media, films today, as soon as they are shown, immediately become the topic of debates on their merits not only as entertainment, but also as serious forms of artistic expression. Philosopher Robert B. Pippin, however, wants us to consider a more radical proposition: film as thought, as a reflective form. Pippin explores this idea through a series of perceptive analyses of cinematic masterpieces, revealing how films can illuminate, in a concrete manner, core features and problems of shared human life. Filmed Thought examines questions of morality in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her, goodness and naïveté in Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, love and fantasy in Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, politics and society in Polanski’s Chinatown and Malick’s The Thin Red Line, and self-understanding and understanding others in Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place and in the Dardennes brothers' oeuvre. In each reading, Pippin pays close attention to what makes these films exceptional as technical works of art (paying special attention to the role of cinematic irony) and as intellectual and philosophical achievements. Throughout, he shows how films offer a view of basic problems of human agency from the inside and allow viewers to think with and through them. Captivating and insightful, Filmed Thought shows us what it means to take cinema seriously not just as art, but as thought, and how this medium provides a singular form of reflection on what it is to be human.

Fatih Akin s Cinema and the New Sound of Europe

In 1970s feminist film criticism, especially the melodramas of the 1940s and
1950s, were reexamined. ... the genre of melodrama in the context of Douglas
Sirk's cinema, see Barbara Klinger, Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture,
and the ...

Author: Berna Gueneli

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253037891

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In Fatih Akın’s Cinema and the New Sound of Europe, Berna Gueneli explores the transnational works of acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker and auteur Fatih Akın. The first minority director in Germany to receive numerous national and international awards, Akın makes films that are informed by Europe’s past, provide cinematic imaginations about its present and future, and engage with public discourses on minorities and migration in Europe through his treatment and representation of a diverse, multiethnic, and multilingual European citizenry. Through detailed analyses of some of Akın’s key works—In July, Head-On, and The Edge of Heaven, among others—Gueneli identifies Akın’s unique stylistic use of multivalent sonic and visual components and multinational characters. She argues that the soundscapes of Akın’s films—including music and multiple languages, dialects, and accents—create an “aesthetic of heterogeneity” that envisions an expanded and integrated Europe and highlights the political nature of Akın’s decisions regarding casting, settings, and audio. At a time when belonging and identity in Europe is complicated by questions of race, ethnicity, religion, and citizenship, Gueneli demonstrates how Akın’s aesthetics intersect with politics to reshape notions of Europe, European cinema, and cinematic history.

The Films of Konrad Wolf

through melodrama, changing the way the film has been evaluated. On how
generic redefinitions may affect this, see Lincoln Geraghty and Mark Jancovich,
eds., The Shifting Definitions of Genre (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007). For the
link ...

Author: Larson Powell

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 1640140727

Category: History

Page: 320

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"This is the first book in any language on the films of Konrad Wolf (1925-1982), East Germany's greatest filmmaker, and puts Wolf in a larger European filmic and historical context"--

Ultimate Reality and Meaning

... and the most widely translated of all Wilde ' s writings ; A Woman of No
Importance ( 1892 ) , another blending of comedy , melodrama , and
sentimentality , featuring the highprincipled Mrs . Arbuthnot in conflict with clever -
tongued , cynical ...

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Melodrama and Modernity

In this groundbreaking investigation into the nature and meanings of melodrama in American culture between 1880 and 1920, Ben Singer offers a challenging new reevaluation of early American cinema and the era that spawned it.

Author: Ben Singer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231505079

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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In this groundbreaking investigation into the nature and meanings of melodrama in American culture between 1880 and 1920, Ben Singer offers a challenging new reevaluation of early American cinema and the era that spawned it. Singer looks back to the sensational or "blood and thunder" melodramas (e.g., The Perils of Pauline, The Hazards of Helen, etc.) and uncovers a fundamentally modern cultural expression, one reflecting spectacular transformations in the sensory environment of the metropolis, in the experience of capitalism, in the popular imagination of gender, and in the exploitation of the thrill in popular amusement. Written with verve and panache, and illustrated with 100 striking photos and drawings, Singer's study provides an invaluable historical and conceptual map both of melodrama as a genre on stage and screen and of modernity as a pivotal idea in social theory.

Marriage Melodrama and Modern Dramatic Form

Surely , what accounts for Wilde's great appeal to a late twentieth - century
audience is his very modern dislocation of language and meaning . 38 Regenia
Gagnier explores this idea more fully in Idylls of the Marketplace . She sees the ...

Author: Kirsten Fogh Herold

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Movies and Meaning

In the allusions to other works , we are given a mélange of different forms : crime
detection , thriller , melodrama , and the occult . For Caryn James , this mixture is
a hallmark of post - modern cinema . As she notes , such films “ rejuvenate old ...

Author: Stephen Prince

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 397

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Designed to give students an introduction to the motion picture medium, this comprehensive book focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. A special feature of the book is the attention given to the ways viewers respond to the elements of film structure.

Re viewing Reception

"This is an ambitious analysis of television studies as a whole."Â —Library Journal Focusing on U.S. television of the 1980s—from ÂMiami Vice, Moonlighting, and Pee-wee's Playhouse to Max Headroom—Lynne Joyrich explores how gender ...

Author: Lynne Joyrich

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253210784

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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"This is an ambitious analysis of television studies as a whole."Â —Library Journal Focusing on U.S. television of the 1980s—from ÂMiami Vice, Moonlighting, and Pee-wee's Playhouse to Max Headroom—Lynne Joyrich explores how gender affects the reception of television. She traces how the medium has been chracterized as "feminine" and then turns to the television shows themselves and analyzes a range of genres and forms.

The Venomous Eye

Melodrama's archetypal three characters -- victim , villain , and hero -- were
formed not as specific individuals , but instead as signifiers of class and social
position : each character's actions were thus of deeper significance , performing
ways of ...

Author: Elisabeth Robin Anker

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IRIS

The volume ' s greatest interest is documenting and theorizing “ the melodramatic
” as a set of political and social concerns ... See , for example Barbara Klinger ' s
Melodrama and Meaning : History , Culture , and the Films of Douglas Sirk ...

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The Lure of the Vampire

This title explores the enduring myth of Dracula and vampires and just why it has remained so popular for so long.

Author: Milly Williamson

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781904764403

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 213

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This title explores the enduring myth of Dracula and vampires and just why it has remained so popular for so long.

Popular Cinema of the Third Reich

On this point , see the excellent study by Barbara Klinger , Melodrama and
Meaning : History , Culture , and the Films of Douglas Sirk ( Bloomington :
Indiana University Press , 1994 ) . The auteurist rediscovery of Sirk has been
mapped ...

Author: Sabine Hake

Publisher:

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Category: History

Page: 272

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Too often dismissed as escapist entertainment or vilified as mass manipulation, popular cinema in the Third Reich was in fact sustained by well-established generic conventions, cultural traditions, aesthetic sensibilities, social practices, and a highly developed star system - not unlike its Hollywood counterpart in the 1930s. This study contributes to the ongoing reassessment of Third Reich cinema by examining it as a social, cultural, economic and political practise that often conflicted with, contradicted, and compromised the intentions of the Propaganda Ministry. Nevertheless, by providing the illusion of a public sphere presumably free of politics, popular cinema helped to sustain the Nazi regime, especially during the war years.

Passionate Politics

The Cultural Work of American Melodrama from the Early Republic to the Present
Ralph J. Poole, Ilka Saal ... the American war film in order to show how it relies on
the affectgenerating and meaning - producing devices specific to melodrama .

Author: Ralph J. Poole

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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This new collection of essays on American stage and film melodrama assesses the multifarious and contradictory uses to which melodrama has been put in American culture from the late 18th century to the present. It focuses on the various ways in which the genre has periodically intervened in debates over race, class, gender and sexuality and, in this manner, has also persistently contributed to the formation and transformation of American nationhood: from the debates over who constitutes the newborn nation in the Early Republic, to the subsequent conflict over abolition and the discussion of gender roles at the turn of the 19th century, to the fervent class struggles of the 1930s and the critiques of domestic containment in the 1950s, as well as to ongoing debates of gender, race, and sexuality today. Addressing these issues from a variety of different angles, including historical, aesthetic, cultural, phenomenological, and psychological approaches, these essays present a complex picture of the cultural work and passionate politics accomplished by melodrama over the course of the past two centuries, particularly at times of profound social change.

Quarterly of Film Radio and Television

Instead , a vision of the films ' polysemic meanings emerges : explores how the
film Written on the Wind was marketed by Universal upon its release . ...
Melodrama and Meaning clearly makes a significant contribution to Sirk criticism .

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Melodrama

His affirmative use of the patriarchal figure of speech points to the importance
and complexity of the motif since he has also been involved in the regicide or
symbolic patricide — committed against Charles I . To flee the consequences ...

Author: Frank Kelleter

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 377

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This volume explores the current status quo of 'melodrama studies' with respect to theater, prose writing, film, and other genres and forms, spanning a historical range from the eighteenth century to the present time. It starts from the observation that what used to be regarded as a lower form of cultural expression in the first half of the twentieth century, came to be reevaluated markedly in the last decades. These days, melodrama tends to be invoked as a serious and central category to assess the modern cultural imagination and imaginary. Moreover, at a time in which generic classification is becoming increasingly problematical, because genres, be they literary or filmic, are identified less with stable norms, and are understood increasingly as processes, melodrama gains an especially prominent function in literary and cultural studies, since it is seen as cutting across the field of generic identification. The contributions to this volume investigate different manifestations of melodrama and emphasize the multifaceted and heterogeneous character of the melodramatic mode.

The Rise of Melodrama and the Schematization of Women in England 1760 1840

This same over - specificity afflicts the somewhat improved definition given by
Frank Rahill in The World of Melodrama : Melodrama is a form of dramatic
composition in prose partaking of the nature of tragedy , comedy , pantomime ,
and ...

Author: Andrew David Mendelson

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Category: English drama

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The Moving Image

Melodrama and Early Indian Cinema 1913-1939 Anupama Prabhala Kapse ... or
understanding it simply as a contest for liberal power , we need to identify the
representational forces that signify melodramatic truth and meaning here .
Meaning ...

Author: Anupama Prabhala Kapse

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Page: 484

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