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Romantic Comedy In Hollywood From Lubitsch to Sturges

Harvey, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0394503392 / ISBN 13: 9780394503394
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, 1987
Condition: NF Hardcover
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NF, bookplate to front pastedown. Bookplate of Helen K. Copley, publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune, with Copley personal library notation in pencil to lower front free endpaper. In a Fine DJ; 9.60 X 6.90 X 1.70 inches; 716 p. Bookseller Inventory # 35125

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Title: Romantic Comedy In Hollywood From Lubitsch ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Stated First Edition

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In 1934 four movies— It Happened One Night, Twentieth Century, The Thin Man, and The Gay Divorcee—ushered in the golden age of the Hollywood romantic ("screwball") comedy. Slangy, playful, and "powerfully, glamorously in love with love," the films that followed were unique in their combination of swank and slapstick. Here are the directors—Lubitsch ( Trouble in Paradise), Capra ( It Happened One Night), Hawks ( Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday), McCarey ( The Awful Truth), La Cava ( My Man Godfrey, Stage Door), Sturges ( The Lady Eve, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle at Morgan's Creek)—and their stars—Carole Lombard, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, William Powell, Myrna Loy, among others—all described and analyzed in one comprehensive and delightful volume.

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What could top the charm, the outlandishness, the wit, the loveliness of classic Hollywood romantic comedy? The triumph of James Harvey's book is its ability to convey the delights of the genre when it was at its best, during the 1930s and '40s. Though he devotes chapters to major filmmakers such as Frank Capra and Howard Hawks, and stars like Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers, Harvey's focus is on two of the finest directors of the period: Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges. Harvey describes the joys of watching their movies as he offers many intriguing insights into their cinematic styles and comic techniques. One of the best things about this book is its author's willingness to discuss obscure, hard-to-find films. Of course, he covers popular entertainments such as Lubitsch's Ninotchka, Capra's It Happened One Night, and Sturges's The Lady Eve, but he also devotes equal time to little-known, fascinating works like Sturges's The Great Moment and Lubitsch's Angel. This is an invaluable companion for anyone interested in learning more about two of Hollywood's most wonderful auteurs or about romantic comedy in general. --Raphael Shargel

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