Unlikely Couples: Movie Romance as Social Criticism


In Unlikely Couples: Transgressive Love, Social Criticism, & the Movies, Thomas E. Wartenberg directly challenges the view that narrative cinema inherently supports the dominant social interests by examining the way popular films about "unlikely couples" (a mismatched romantic union viewed as inappropriate, often due to differences in race, gender, or class) explore, expose, & often criticize societal attitudes, boundaries, & prejudices. The films under consideration: Romeo & Juliet, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Pygmalion, It Happened One Night, Pretty Woman, White Palace, Desert Hearts, Mississippi Masala, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Jungle Fever, & The Crying Game, are examined both individually & as a whole to illustrate the way in which the genre either endorses or criticizes a view of its central couple.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1999


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