I Do and I Dont

I Do and I Dont From One Of Our Leading Film Historians And Interpreters A Brilliantly Researched, Irresistibly Witty, Delightfully Illustrated Examination Of The Marriage Movie What It Is Or Isn T And What It Has To Tell Us About The Movies And Ourselves.As Long As There Have Been Feature Movies There Have Been Marriage Movies, And Yet Hollywood Has Always Been Cautious About How To Label Them Perhaps Because, Unlike Any Other Genre Of Film, The Marriage Movie Resonates Directly With The Experience Of Almost Every Adult Coming To See It Here Is Happily Ever After Except When Things Aren T Happy, And When Ever After Is Abruptly Terminated By Divorce, Tragedy Or Even Murder With Her Large Hearted Understanding Of How Movies And Audiences Work, Jeanine Basinger Traces The Many Ways Hollywood Has Tussled With This Tricky Subject, Explicating The Relationships Of Countless Marriages From Blondie And Dagwood To The Heartrending Couple In The Iranian A Separation, From Tracy And Hepburn To Laurel And Hardy A Marriage If Ever There Was One To Coach And His Wife In Friday Night Lights A Treasure Trove Of Insight And Sympathy, Illustrated With Scores Of Wonderfully Telling Movie Stills, Posters, And Ads. This book was the basis of a Cousera course I took by Jeanine Basinger I only have armchair or should I say theater chair experience in film studies, but it was a blast to follow her recommendations and hunt for some of the obscure and less obscure films she named throughout the book.I was fascinated by the various tropes of the marriage films, such as the We re not really married marriage movie in which the couple finds out that for some interesting reason, their marriage isn t truly va This book was the basis of a Cousera course I took by Jeanine Basinger I only have armchair or should I say theater
1 Conceptually flawed Basinger seems to think marriage has to be defined by boredom and domesticity This disqualifies movies such as The Thin Man, because who wants to see films which portray couples that actually enjoy each other s company and or are not largely concerned with housework.Actually her criteria for marriage films is highly inconsistent and basically amounts to I recognize my marriage in this depiction The discourse largely continues on this le
Jeanine Basinger is the least probing of contemporary film writers and the most fun with sincerest apologies to Anthony Lane Despite a solid reputation as a Film Studies prof, what her books uniformly offer is a light sprinkling of cinematic history, lengthy plot descriptions, a nod to film marketing, and a cursory look at the movies as a reflection of their audience Not for her the Freudian biographies, semiotic morasses and referential criss crosses of her brethren The redemptive quality Jeanine Basinger is the least probing of contemporary film writers and the most fun with sincerest apologies to Anthony Lane Despite a solid reputation as a Film Studies prof, what her books uniformly offer is a light sprinkling of cinematic history, lengthy plot descriptions, a nod to film marketing, and a cursory look at the movies as a reflecti
This was a very disappointing book Although Basinger has seen a lot of movies and has great enthusiasm for them, the analysis that she applies and the conclusions that she comes to are very superficial At the start she bemoans the fact that there are hardly any movies that are billed as marriage movies She then discusses lots of movies as marriage movies but her definition keeps changing depending on the point she wants to make At times she s very concerned with the time period in which th This was a very disappointing book Although Basinger has seen a lot of movies and has great enthusiasm for them, the analysis that she applies and the conclusions that she comes to are very s
Perhaps I would have beendisposed toward this effort of Basinger s if her introduction hadn t gone on and on about no one but her being able to cite movies about marriage We get it you re a cinema historian maven anderudite than us all Her other books do not seem to have this unappealing flaw Normally, I d be drinking in Basinger s every word, but there are two problems 1 Her definition of what constitutes a movie about marriage too narrow and thus movies withsubtext abou Perhaps I would have beendisposed toward this effort of Basinger s if
I must briefly comment that as a serious movie buff, I found this to be a very large book consisting of a lot of obvious statements about marriage in the movies Think about it, how many films can you think of that don t contain at least one married couple Some are happy, some are miserable, etc., etc In addition, as an avid fan of I Love Lucy, the error where the author states that Lucy burned the nose of William Holden was glaring How many other errors did the book contain She burned he I must briefly comment that as a serious movie buff, I found this to be a very large book consisting of a lot of obvious statements about marriage in the movies Think about it, how many films can you think of that don t contain at least one married couple Some are happy, some are miserable, etc., etc In addition, as an avid fan of I Love Lucy, the error where the author states that Lucy burned the nose of William Holden was glaring How many other errors did the book contain She burned her own false no
Basinger makes her point about marriage in films in the first 100 pages After that, she discusses a dozen or so films which support her point About 200 pages in, most people would get the point, and, unless you were taking a class about the history of marriage in movies such as an online course which, not suprisingly, is taught by Jeanine Basinger herself , unless this book was the syllabus for that course which it is , there s really no reason to read the next 200 pages I d rather see the Basinger makes her point about marriage in films in the first 100 pages After that, she discusses a dozen or so films which support her point About 200 pages in, most people would get the point, and, unless you were taking a class about the history of marriage in movies such as an online course which, not suprisingly, is taught
There s a little disingenuousness to her early shock shock, I tell you that studios and industry publications did not have a set category for marriage movies I bet they didn t have a category for baby or house buying movies either Nonetheless, this was a fair look at how marriage and its companion, divorce have been portrayed through the history of film, with a side excursion to marriage on TV where, shocker , anuanced approach is possible Frankly, I think she wrote t There s a little disingenuousness to her early shock shock, I tell you that studios and industry publications
I enjoyed this book and am appreciative that it brought some lesser known old movies to my attention I ll be hunting those down to see them I was puzzled that so much attention was paid to television in a book about movies, especially the focus on the Friday Night Lights couple There were also some plot description errors a minor point, but annoying if the reader is familiar with the movie Still, it was a fun read and I would recommend it to fans of movies, especially those of f
Very interesting and some intelligent comments about the portrayal of men, women and sex in the movies Her comments about why so called romcoms today fail totally is right on However, she misses the fact that the majority of actors paired in these so called romantic comedies have no chemistry at all on the screen They are put together by huge agencies for the most money not whether they are right for the parts Consequently the movies tend to be boring, flat and about

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  • I Do and I Dont
  • Jeanine Basinger
  • 01 May 2018
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