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Happy Endings in Hollywood CinemaCliché, Convention and the Final Couple$
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James MacDowell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748680177

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680177.001.0001

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Introduction: The ‘happy ending’: the making of a reputation

Introduction: The ‘happy ending’: the making of a reputation

(p.1) Introduction: The ‘happy ending’: the making of a reputation
Happy Endings in Hollywood Cinema

James MacDowell

Edinburgh University Press

This introduction traces the negative reputation of the ‘happy ending’ in film studies’ discourses on Hollywood cinema, analyses the distinction between a cliché and a convention, establishes some of the concepts most frequently associated with this convention (e.g.: homogeneity, closure, ideological conservatism, ‘unrealism’), and lays out the ways in which the book will interrogate its subject's critical reputation.

Keywords:   Happy ending, Hollywood cinema, Cliché, Convention, narrative, genre, romance, ideology, film, film studies

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