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Classical Hollywood CinemaPoint of view and communication$
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James Zborowski

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083341

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083341.001.0001

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Communication, love and death

Communication, love and death

(p.85) 3 Communication, love and death
Classical Hollywood Cinema

James Zborowski

Manchester University Press

Chapter 3 takes James Carey’s model of communication as ‘ritual’ and John Durham Peters’ suggestion that communication ought to be about the creation of ‘shared worlds’ as points of departure for the exploration of the central romantic relationships in Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939) and Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948). The latter is offered as a film in which a ‘shared world’ is briefly created by the couple, but then unwittingly destroyed by one of its members. The status of the letter as a communicative encounter that suits the dispositions of both members of the couple is also explored. Only Angels Have Wings is offered as a film in which intimacy stems not from disclosure but from doing, and as a demonstration of the virtues of not communicating.

Keywords:   point of view, communication, romance, intimacy, letters, Max Ophuls, Howard Hawks

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