Hello Everyone! For the next few days we will be discussing melodrama.
Discussion will take place here in the blog. You can respond to my post and directly to each other’s comments.
The films for this section include (all sound on SIU Online):
The Land Beyond Sunset by Dorothy Shore, 1912
Where are my Children, Written and Produced by Lois Weber, 1916
The Cheat, Cecil B. Demille, 1915
Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes, 2002
In this sampling of melodrama how does race or class function? Discuss the ways in which emotion functions? How does the mise-en-scene contribute to the heightened emotion? Does it work to draw you in? Does the gender of the writer/director influence the tenor of the film? What more recent melodramas have you seen? How do they compare to these films?