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I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies
Dan Lalande's review
Jul 05, 2013
Jeanine Basinger is the least probing of contemporary film writers - and the most fun (with sincerest apologies to Anthony Lane) Despite a solid reputation as a Film Studies prof, what her books uniformly offer is a light sprinkling of cinematic history, lengthy plot descriptions, a nod to film marketing, and a cursory look at the movies as a reflection of their audience. Not for her the Freudian biographies, semiotic morasses and referential criss-crosses of her brethren. The redemptive quality of these books is her tone; in spite of her academic label, Basinger writes with the infectious infatuation of a film-struck 14 year old (albeit, one from the mid 40's and early 50's.) So here we have a lightweight writer on, by her own admission, a lightweight subject: wedlock a la Hollywood, a condition the industry deemed boring from the days of Edison. Needless to say, this is one circumstance where Basinger's voice is, alas, not enough. "I Do and I Don't"? I don't!
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July 5, 2013 – Shelved
July 5, 2013 – Finished Reading