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Happy Endings in Hollywood Cinema: Cliché, Convention and the Final Couple

James MacDowell


The Hollywood ‘happy ending’ has long been considered among the most famous and standardised features in the whole of narrative filmmaking. Yet, while ceaselessly invoked, this notorious device has received barely any detailed attention from the field of film studies. This book is the first in-depth examination of one of the most overused and under-analysed concepts in discussions of popular cinema. What exactly is the ‘happy ending’? Is it simply a cliché, as commonly supposed? Why has it earned such an unenviable reputation? What does it, or can it, mean? Concentrating especially on conclusi ... More

Keywords: Happy ending, Hollywood cinema, cliché, convention, narrative, genre, romance, ideology, film, film studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748680177
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James MacDowell, author
University of Warwick