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Palgrave Macmillan

Passionate Love and Popular Cinema

Romance and Film Genre

ISBN 9781137295378
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Love is a recurring element at the movies. While many different types of love are depicted in popular Hollywood cinema, there appears to be two types of texts that focus primarily on 'romance', or the intimate relations between two people. While the romantic comedy foregrounds companionate love, the romantic drama promotes passionate love. Given the wealth of research into the romantic comedy, Erica Todd focuses on the romantic drama and the ways that passionate love informs popular texts. Due to the short-term nature of passionate love and its association with irrationality, films that endorse this type of love often depict intense, idealistic courtships that usually end in suffering. Although the lovers in these films tend to separate, the significance of their time together remains through themes like memory and nostalgia.

Erica Todd holds a PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand.



Introduction: Depicting Love in Cinema

1. Passionate Love in Hollywood and the Romanic Drama Genre

2. Passionate Love in Early Hollywood Romantic Dramas

3. Passionate Love in Hollywood Romantic Dramas 1950s-1970s

4. Passionate Love in Contemporary Hollywood Dramas

Conclusion: The Changing Landscape of Passionate Love in Cinema






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