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Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy

Charting the Difference

Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy by Wes D. Gehring
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Famous co-stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, have made screwball and romantic comedies a big seller at the box office. These seemingly timeless genres are as popular today as ever!

This book takes a closer look at the precise meanings of the terms screwball and romantic. Film fans and scholars alike tend to lump film with laughter and love under a screwball/romantic umbrella and use the terms screwball and romantic interchangeably. In reality, there is a distinction; the screwball variety places its emphasis on "funny," while the more traditional romantic comedy accents "love."

Covering over 60 titles each of romantic and screwball comedy dating from the 1930s to the present, this research tool not only demonstrates how screwball and romantic comedy are two distinct genres, but also highlights pivotal social and artistic changes which impacted both genres. Includes 24 black and white movie stills, countless quotations from selected films, an annotated bibliography, and a two-part filmography.

Not only an informative resource for film students and scholars, but also an interesting read for film buffs.
Scarecrow Press; October 2002
224 pages; ISBN 9781461670919
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Title: Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy
Author: Wes D. Gehring; Steve Bell
 
ISBNs
1461670918
9780810844247
9781461670919