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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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680177.003.0001

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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