Embracing the ‘Happy Ending’: Cliché and Closure in Hollywood Cinema
Dr. James MacDowell will discuss the romantic 'happy ending' in Hollywood cinema - its motifs, meanings and potential mutability. Using sequences from classic and lesser-known films spanning Hollywood's history, the talk will explore both the convention itself and its notorious reputation, as well as the influence of the latter upon the former.
James MacDowell is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the University of Warwick and the author of Happy Endings in Hollywood Cinema: Cliché, Convention and the Final Couple (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). He sits on the editorial board of Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism, and is currently writing a monograph on irony in film for Palgrave MacMillan.
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