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Here, Stanley Cavell names this new genre of American film–“the comedy of remarriage”–and Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Here, Stanley Cavell examines seven of those classic movies for their cinematic techniques, Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Pursuits of Happiness: Cavell and Film Criticism. Leland Foague. In “Harvard Film Studies: A Review, ” Brian Henderson justly scores Stanley Cavell (among.

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We must agree with Cavell that tragedy makes sense finally only as failed happiness. None of this seems to bear in a major happinesd on either philosophical or political matters. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat But this is surely insufficient to account for the actually existing social diversity. As such this bond has numerous and distinct forms.

Comedy of remarriage

Views Read Edit View history. In response to Cavell’s article, scholar David R. Glad that I took so long to finish this! These may concern the pursuihs demands put on us by the living and the dead, the chthonic and the Olympian gods, the family and polis, civic order and Dionysian rapture, or the tension between intention and fate.

It might be objected both these films and Cavell in discussing them are too pre-occupied with American conditions, that the depiction of the relation of man and woman in these comedies refers us only to a distinctively American context and that, more generally speaking, Philadelphia will never mean as much to the world community as it has meant and perhaps still means for Americans.

Tragedy arises from looking behind ourselves and discovering that the suffering of the present is the inevitable consequence of past happenings, of long-forgotten errors, and of hidden crimes. Some forms of philia are relationships between equals, others between unequals. The comedy of remarriage enabled filmmakers to evade this provision of the Code.

I could never get a feel for his prose style. For many contemporary viewers they have, instead, become so dated that they have turned unwatchable. Apr 18, Belinda rated it liked it Shelves: When Lucy acknowledges to Aunt Patsy her love for Jerry after all, what she says is, “We had some grand laughs.

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Not knowing whether human knowledge and human community require the recognizing or the dismantling of happinness not knowing what it means that these limits are sometimes picturable as a barrier and sometimes not; not knowing whether we are more afraid of being isolated or of being absorbed by our knowledge and by society – these lines of ignorance are the background against which I wish to consider Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night.

Account Options Sign in. Something, I think, like that. This book, while wonderfully erudite, does have one flaw.

But I do not see why this cannot be a green world too, a very American world Cavell says it is not. I have noted already that the idea of a micropolitics of everyday life has come to acquire legitimacy in our thinking over the course of the puursuits century because the legitimacy of governmental politics has become increasingly doubtful to us.

Can human beings change? They just are at home with one another, whether or not they can live together under the same roof, that is, find a roof they can live together under. It is this attitude, above all, that separates Cavell most clearly from those political thinkers for whom political philosophy is the search for absolutely binding standards.

Cavell names pursuis new genre of American film, ‘the comedy of remarriage, ‘ in this reading of seven romantic comedies of the ’30s and purssuits Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are on the road. Jul 22, Sharad Pandian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Politics and theater are, however, in reality joined in more than one pursuita. While he says little with respect to recollection in Plato, he connects this with the Hollywood screwball comedies that effectively make divorce necessary for true marriage – in much the same way that only the second baptism is the f Glad that I took so long to finish this!

I admit I feel some trepidation in even writing this review, because this work is so intricate that any description of it which isn’t a reproduction of the entire text is bound to be an irresponsible gloss on its genius.


Is it Nietzsche or is it Cavell? It’s also not just about these movies, the book uses the subject matter pursuit work through Cavell’s broader philosophy a resuscitation of the ordinary, a freshening of what has always been there, the pragmatic formation of the “next self”.

My idiosyncratic topography of ideas The traditional conservative picture of marriage, if we follow Genesis, can be thought of as the union of man and woman, the literal becoming of one flesh. So the films indirectly address one of the deepest questions. During the ’30s and ’40s, Hollywood produced a genre of madcap comedies that emphasized reuniting the central couple after divorce or separation.

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage by Stanley Cavell

There exists indeed an acknowledged link between tragedy and philosophy but the connection between philosophy and comedy seems to common perception, at least obscure. Cavell is also ready to recognize that the constitution of a union including a political union typically involves an overcoming of obstacles and that it may even involve the battling against an adversary, as in the founding of the American republic, we need not hold that every union between a man and a woman requires an antagonist and the same is presumably meant to hold true at the national and political level.

For him, a set of Hollywood comedy films from the 30s and 40s portray a kind of relationship that’s worthwhile to study and think about, since they involve the “two most impressive affirmations known to me of the task of human experience, the acceptance of human relatedness, and that of repetition.