Basinger’s Book on Marriage in the Movies Reviewed

Lauren RubensteinJanuary 28, 20131min
Basinger "brilliantly demonstrates Hollywood's abiding ambivalence" about marriage

The Wall Street Journal review of I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies, by Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies Jeanine Basinger, states: “Crammed with summaries and analysis of films from the past 100 years, I Do and I Don’t brilliantly demonstrates Hollywood’s abiding ambivalence about the institution of matrimony. Ever since the silent era publicity people have avoided using the word ‘marriage’ when they promote a film, convinced that audiences find romance exciting while judging married life a bore. Yet movies about married people proved enduringly popular…”

The book was also reviewed in Salon.