Marriage and the Movies

Monday, June 03, 2013

Film historian Jeanine Basinger discusses the history of marriages in movies and what they tell us about ourselves. In I Do and I Don’t she examines the many ways Hollywood has approached the subject, from Blondie and Dagwood to the couple in the Iranian film “A Separation,” and from Tracy and Hepburn to Coach and Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights.


Jeanine Basinger

Comments [6]

jf from reality

Now movies are specifically anti utopian propaganda. Like a poster I saw for the "purge, one night a year all crimes are legal" and the thegovernment propaganda show " revolution" these are teaching us subliminally that we will all start killing and raping and stesling as soon as the government is missing.

Jun. 03 2013 12:58 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

My divorce was best captured, almost perfectly, by an Iranian film I caught a year ago via Netflix. Don't remember the name of the film, but it was so perfect. It might have been the one you mentioned, "The Separation" but I cannot recall. Just a truly authentic film.

Jun. 03 2013 12:58 PM
Peter, Murray Hill from Manhattan

What about W.C. Fields and his treatment of the married man as the hen pecked husband? Isn't that depiction (in many of his movies), although comical, worthy of notation?

Jun. 03 2013 12:56 PM

Anything about movies where the adultery is somewhat "sanctioned", then the adulterer returns to the safety of their marriage? I noticed this as the Boomers moved out of the age for yet-to-be-married Romantic leads. Prince of Tides, The Horse Whisperer, Bridges of Madison County leap to mind.

You get to have your cake and eat it too!

Jun. 03 2013 12:55 PM
Tom from UWS

In life, as in the movies, a happy marriage can be interesting - it just takes a sense of humor.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Adams Rib

countless others

Jun. 03 2013 12:50 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To see where marriage is heading, either read "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley, or better yet, get the new movie version of the same name that just came out on DVD with Leonard Nimoy. It's available on Amazon, and is very faithful to the book.

Jun. 03 2013 12:15 PM

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