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Pursuits of Happiness

The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

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PAPERBACK

$31.00 • £22.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674739062

Publication: January 1984

Academic Trade

296 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones

Harvard Film Studies

World

During the ’30s and ’40s, Hollywood produced a genre of madcap comedies that emphasized reuniting the central couple after divorce or separation. And the female protagonists were strong, independent, and sophisticated. Here, Stanley Cavell examines seven of those classic movies for their cinematic techniques, and for such varied themes as feminism, liberty and interdependence. Included are Adam’s Rib, Bringing Up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story.