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Pursuits of Happiness: Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage (Harvard Film Studies) Hardcover – 24 Nov 1981

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (24 Nov. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674739051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674739055
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,675,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The great achievement of..."Pursuits of Happiness is that it finally provides a solid framework for the serious discussion of the great dialogue comedies of the thirties and forties, perhaps the most revived and loved movies of Hollywood's golden period. This is a voice like no other in philosophy, today or ever. -- Arthur C. Danto "October" No book about the art of Hollywood I have ever read can make its readers stop and think more effectively than this one. -- S. S. Prawer "Times Literary Supplement" This just must be, in its close readings and its stunning associations, one of the most compelling accounts of its kind. The fact is, it just is its kind. -- Geoffrey Hawthorn "London Review of Books" Stanley Cavell's book succeeds brilliantly...The individual 'readings' of the films and the general conceptual plan in which they are embedded are both so rich and rewarding that...'brilliant'...seems an understatement. -- Gerald Mast "Journal of Aesthetic Education" The great achievement of..."Pursuits of Happiness" is that it finally provides a solid framework for the serious discussion of the great dialogue comedies of the thirties and forties, perhaps the most revived and loved movies of Hollywood's golden period. -- Al LaValley "American Film"

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Each of the seven chapters that follow contains an account of my experience of a film made in Hollywood between 1934 and 1949. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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