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The Uncomfortable Comedies

The Uncomfortable Comedies

Chapter:
(p.98) Chapter Four The Uncomfortable Comedies
Source:
The Films of Douglas Sirk
Author(s):
Tom Ryan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817983.003.0007

This chapter examines the subversive aspects of Sirk’s comedies, especially regarding the ways in which their emphasis is on the situation rather than the resolution, on the problems that divide the characters rather than on the contrivances that suggest that all will be well after the final credits have rolled.

Keywords:   Colliding with conventions, Endings as “emergency exits”, “Problem comedies”, Gender roles, Critiquing capitalism

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