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Hollywood AestheticPleasure in American Cinema$
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Todd Berliner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190658748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.001.0001

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Classicism and Deviation in His Girl Friday and Double Indemnity

Classicism and Deviation in His Girl Friday and Double Indemnity

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(p.33) Two Classicism and Deviation in His Girl Friday and Double Indemnity
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Hollywood Aesthetic
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Todd Berliner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190658748.003.0002

Chapter 2 illustrates an aesthetically productive balance between easy understanding and cognitive challenge in classical Hollywood cinema with extended analyses of His Girl Friday and Double Indemnity. These films combine classical narrative, stylistic, ideological, and genre properties with artistic devices that complicate formal patterning and thwart audience expectations.

Keywords:   His Girl Friday, Double Indemnity, Narrative, Style, Ideology, Genre, Fred MacMurray, Screwball comedy, Crime films, Film noir

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