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Creating the Couple: Love, Marriage, and Hollywood Performance

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Who decides how, when, and where Americans fall in love and get married? Virginia Wexman's acute observations about movie stars and acting techniques show that Hollywood has often had the most powerful voice in demonstrating socially sanctioned ways of becoming a couple. Until now serious film critics have paid little attention to the impact of performance styles on American romance, and have often treated "patriarchy," "sexuality," and the "couple" as monolithic and unproblematic concepts. Wexman, however, shows how these notions have been periodically transformed in close association with the appearance, behavior, and persona of the stars of films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Way Down East, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sunset Boulevard, On the Waterfront, Nashville, House of Games, and Do the Right Thing.

The author focuses first on the way in which traditional marriage norms relate to authorship (the Griffith-Gish collaboration) and genre (John Wayne and the Western). Looking at male and female stardom in terms of the development of "companionate marriage," she discusses the love goddess and the impact of method acting on Hollywood's ideals of maleness. Finally she considers the recent breakdown of the ideal of monogamous marriage in relation to Hollywood's experimentation with self-reflexive acting styles. Creating the Couple is must reading for film scholars and enthusiasts, and it will fascinate everyone interested in the changing relationships of men and women in modern culture.

Synopsis:

Who decides how, when, and where Americans fall in love and get married? Virginia Wexman's acute observations about movie stars and acting techniques show that Hollywood has often had the most powerful voice in demonstrating socially sanctioned ways of becoming a couple. Until now serious film critics have paid little attention to the impact of performance styles on American romance, and have often treated "patriarchy," "sexuality," and the "couple" as monolithic and unproblematic concepts. Wexman, however, shows how these notions have been periodically transformed in close association with the appearance, behavior, and persona of the stars of films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Way Down East, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sunset Boulevard, On the Waterfront, Nashville, House of Games, and Do the Right Thing.

The author focuses first on the way in which traditional marriage norms relate to authorship (the Griffith-Gish collaboration) and genre (John Wayne and the Western). Looking at male and female stardom in terms of the development of "companionate marriage," she discusses the love goddess and the impact of method acting on Hollywood's ideals of maleness. Finally she considers the recent breakdown of the ideal of monogamous marriage in relation to Hollywood's experimentation with self-reflexive acting styles. Creating the Couple is must reading for film scholars and enthusiasts, and it will fascinate everyone interested in the changing relationships of men and women in modern culture.

Synopsis:

The author focuses first on the way in which traditional marriage norms relate to authorship and genre. Looking at male and female stardom in terms of the development of 'companionate marriage, ' she discusses the love goddess and the impact of method acting on Hollywood's ideals of maleness. Finally she considers the recent breakdown of the ideal of monogamous marriage in relation to Hollywood' experimentation with self-reflexive acting styles.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-276) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IIntroduction: The Movies as Social Ritual
1Romantic Love, Changing Marriage Norms, and Stars as Behavioral Models3
Pt. IIPatriarchal Marriage and Traditional Gender Identities
2Star and Auteur: The Griffith-Gish Collaboration and the Struggle over Patriarchal Marriage39
3Star and Genre: John Wayne, the Western, and the American Dream of the Family on the Land67
Pt. IIICompanionate Marriage and Changing Constructions of Gender and Sexuality
4The Love Goddess: Contradictions in the Myth of Glamour133
5Masculinity in Crisis: Method Acting in Hollywood160
Pt. IVEpilogue: Beyond the Couple
6The Destabilization of Gender Norms and Acting as Performance183
Notes221
Bibliography249
Index277

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691015354
Author:
Wexman, Virginia Wright
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Wexman, Virginia Wexman
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Stage and screen
Subject:
Love in motion pictures
Subject:
Motion picture acting
Subject:
Marriage in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Film Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
#4
Publication Date:
June 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
189 halftones
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , Who decides how, when, and where Americans fall in love and get married? Virginia Wexman's acute observations about movie stars and acting techniques show that Hollywood has often had the most powerful voice in demonstrating socially sanctioned ways of becoming a couple. Until now serious film critics have paid little attention to the impact of performance styles on American romance, and have often treated "patriarchy," "sexuality," and the "couple" as monolithic and unproblematic concepts. Wexman, however, shows how these notions have been periodically transformed in close association with the appearance, behavior, and persona of the stars of films such as The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Way Down East, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sunset Boulevard, On the Waterfront, Nashville, House of Games, and Do the Right Thing.

The author focuses first on the way in which traditional marriage norms relate to authorship (the Griffith-Gish collaboration) and genre (John Wayne and the Western). Looking at male and female stardom in terms of the development of "companionate marriage," she discusses the love goddess and the impact of method acting on Hollywood's ideals of maleness. Finally she considers the recent breakdown of the ideal of monogamous marriage in relation to Hollywood's experimentation with self-reflexive acting styles. Creating the Couple is must reading for film scholars and enthusiasts, and it will fascinate everyone interested in the changing relationships of men and women in modern culture.

"Synopsis" by , The author focuses first on the way in which traditional marriage norms relate to authorship and genre. Looking at male and female stardom in terms of the development of 'companionate marriage, ' she discusses the love goddess and the impact of method acting on Hollywood's ideals of maleness. Finally she considers the recent breakdown of the ideal of monogamous marriage in relation to Hollywood' experimentation with self-reflexive acting styles.
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