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Unformatted text preview: Capra and It Happened One Night I. Screwball heroine - Barbara Stanwyck in two clips: • Ball of Fire (1941) • The Lady Eve (1941) II. The cultural work of movies • Consensus narrative III. Frank Capra • Sentimental populist • Key films IV. It Happened One Night • Context: the Depression • The American Male • Romance across social class • "A marriage of true minds" Film viewing tonight: Capra, Frank. It Happened One Night . 1934. The Cultural Work of Movies o Class differences if very important in Screwball comedy o The same ensemble of characters appear again and again in this genre – this means that the audience picks up on variations even more than they otherwise would This entails a different kind of literacy from what we would ordinarily assume Every time the audience sees something they don’t expect, meaning is created This has to do with why such a popular entertainment medium can create art o These movies were often very willing to avoid the spirit (if not the letter) of the law in...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG ENG2101 taught by Professor Daveshaaw during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10