Melodrama

Genre, Style, and Sensibility

John Mercer and Martin Shingler

Wallflower Press

Melodrama

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Pub Date: January 2005

ISBN: 9781904764021

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00£14.99

Melodrama

Genre, Style, and Sensibility

John Mercer and Martin Shingler

Wallflower Press

Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of one of the most popular genres at undergraduate Film Studies. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through which it is possible to make sense of melodrama; either as a genre, originating in European theatre of the 18th and 19th century, as a specific cinematic style, epitomised by the work of Douglas Sirk or as a sensibility that emerges in the context of specific texts, speaking to and reflecting the desires, concerns and anxieties of audiences. Films discussed include All That Heaven Allows, Safe, Fear Eats the Soul, Black Narcissus, Suddenly Last Summer and Rebel Without a Cause. Each chapter includes overviews of key essays, analyses of significant and widely studied films and includes an annotated reading list.
Table of Illustrations
Introduction
1. Genre
2. Style
3. Sensibility
Conclusion
Filmography
Recommended Reading List
Bibliography

About the Author

John Mercer is a lecturer in Film and Media Studies and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK. Martin Shingler is the co-author of On Air: Methods and Meanings in Radio (Arnold) with Cindy Wieringa. He has contibuted to Screen Acting (Routledge) and Hollywood Spectatorship(BFI).