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  Melodrama Films
Melodrama, a combination of drama and melos (music), literally means "play with music." The themes of dramas, the oldest literary and stage art form, were exaggerated within melodramas, and the liberal use of music often enhanced their emotional plots.
Melodramas were the prime form of dramas until they were overtaken by straight-forward, realistic dramatic forms in the 50s and afterwards, although they continue to occasionally appear into the present.
One of the earliest melodramas was director Frank Powell's silent film (based upon a stage play) titled A Fool There Was (1915), with Theda Bara (in her star-making film debut) cast as an evil, dark, wicked and mysterious vampire who seductively lures a weak-willed family man away and controls his heart with her sexy wiles.
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  Melodrama - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
As the word implies, "melodrama" is properly a dramatic mixture of music and action, and was first applied to a form of dramatic musical composition in which music accompanied the spoken words and the action, but in which there was no singing.
Another form of melodrama came from the same source, but developed on lines which laid more emphasis on the music, and is of some importance in the history of opera.
It may be noticed that the speaking of some parts of the dialogue is not sufficient to class an opera as a "melodrama" in this sense, as is proved by the spoken grave-digging scene, accompanied by music, in Fidelio, and the incantation scene in Der Freischiitz.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Melodrama   (396 words)

  
 screenonline: Melodrama
Thus melodrama was, from its inception, tainted by its aroma of the popular.
As British film melodrama developed, it became increasingly regarded as the domain of the feminine, because it was mainly attended by female audiences.
The costume designs in melodramas often carry subliminal messages about the sexual desires of the protagonists, and they set up a complex costume narrative which countermands some of the potential absurdities of the script.
www.screenonline.org.uk /film/id/446129   (894 words)

  
 Melodrama
Television melodrama has its direct roots in the early-nineteenth-century stage play in which romantic, sensational plots and incidents were mixed with songs and orchestral music.
In tragedy the hero is isolated from society so that he or she may better understand his or her own and the society's moral weakness; but once enlightened, the hero cannot stave off the disaster embedded in the social structure beyond the hero's control.
As in the grand opera of the nineteenth century, television melodrama is organized into a series of distinct acts, each generally signifying a change either in time or place, and linked by orchestral transitions.
www.museum.tv /archives/etv/M/htmlM/melodrama/melodrama.htm   (1752 words)

  
 The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville
At the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, theatergoers are welcomed into a comfortable atmosphere of cabaret tables with sawdust on the floor and honky-tonk piano music in the air.
All of us here at the Melodrama thank you for your continued support of live theater, and hope to see you many times in 2007!
More legend than truth, this play centers on the plain spoken, no-nonsense American hero whose motto was "Be sure you're right then go ahead!" Young Davy falls in love with a beautiful society lady, but class distinctions, greedy villains and the threat of flmail may keep the young lovers apart.
www.americanmelodrama.com   (437 words)

  
 CMCL C592 1247 Media Genres: Melodrama: Tales of Identity and Transgression   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Not only do melodramas of all sorts define film and television productions, as well as literary works, melodrama is arguably the most pervasive of all genres, present in a range of diverse texts, from animation to war films and Westerns.
Melodrama has had a particularly close relationship to feminist theory and criticism, gay and lesbian studies, and race studies.
As the themes of Far From Heaven and Antoine Fisher indicate, melodrama is often concerned with crises that ensue when apparently orderly societies meet the disorderly protagonists of the genre, particularly as these protagonists force questions of femininity and female desire, male desire and homosexuality, and the place of racial "others" to the foreground.
www.indiana.edu /~deanfac/blfal03/cmcl/cmcl_c592_1247.html   (444 words)

  
 Introduction to Theatre -- 19th-Century Melodrama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Melodrama was the primary form of theatre during the 19
In the 1830’s, became more elevated: "gentlemanly" melodrama.
The most popular melodrama in the world until the First World War.
novaonline.nv.cc.va.us /eli/spd130et/melodrama.htm   (841 words)

  
 ALAN DALE | What We Do Best: American Movie Comedies of the 1990s
Melodrama turns exposé into symbolic ritual, the casting out of a devil in whose machinations we have no need to feel implicated.
Melodrama isn’t necessarily a question of specific intent; I imagine Spielberg didn’t realize how his movie was shaping the characters and incidents in Schindler’s List.
Although melodrama is limiting as a narrative form, I recognize that it is not in itself defiling.
www.weirdprofessortype.com /intro-melodrama.html   (2879 words)

  
 Virtuous Extravagance: The functions of melodrama in Sister Carrie
Naturalism, in its simplest terms, has been called "realism to the extreme." It focuses on the importance of environment in determining the fate of an individual and on forces beyond a character's control that seem to impact, or direct, his or her actions.
Melodrama exists in almost direct opposition to the theories behind naturalism.
Not only is it melodrama that draws Carrie to the stage but it also the reason for her success.
xroads.virginia.edu /~ma02/volpe/theater/theater/melodrama.html   (730 words)

  
 disinformation | film melodrama and sociological propaganda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Melodrama is often deployed by critics as a pejorative, and increasingly problematic label.
He argued that the "occurrence of terms or phrases like "romantic melodrama" or "domestic melodrama" in the trade press is in fact relatively rare," [11] and it was also the exception within woman's films.
Instead, the term "melodrama" was used in war, adventure, thriller, and horror films, and Neale found little correlation of a critical shift during the 1960s.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/article/id1463/pg1/index.html   (986 words)

  
 Aussie Diary » Melodrama   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Though the word ‘melodrama’ may bring to mind the implausible plots, dangerous liaisons and treacherous trysts of a daytime television soap opera, such an understanding is limited, incomplete and, as Gledhill (1987, p.
The melodramatic mode can be found in scenes as diverse as a laboratory where a scientist brews a wicked potion to an idyllic mountain landscape where a family plays with sheep.
Melodrama has become so omnipotent in contemporary films, so integral to what is played out on our screens, that one might well be forgiven were one to open a window to the world, shove one’s head out, and scream: “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” (Network 1976).
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 Search Results for "Melodrama"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Sometimes credited with having introduced melodrama to the London stage, he is the author of the sentimental play The Road to Ruin...
His reputation was first established with the melodrama The Silver King (with Henry Herman; 1882).
Of a theatrical family, he was a leading actor (1812-32) in both comedy and melodrama at Drury Lane.
www.bartleby.com /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/65search?query=Melodrama   (235 words)

  
 Harvard Film Archive: World Melodrama
More than simply credible, melodrama serves as a powerful tool for the examination of interpersonal relationships both within the confines of family and the larger parameters of social communities.
Set in a flashback to prerevolutionary Russia, the film recounts the downfall of three male characters—a judge, a nobleman, and a farmer—all of whom are corrupted by their affairs with the town femme fatale, a ravishingly beautiful peasant woman with a talent for seducing weak-willed men.
The character of Radha, played by the Indian star Nargis, is at the center of this epic melodrama of family and deception in the newly independent nation-state on the brink of widespread social change.
www.harvardfilmarchive.org /calendars/03marapr/melodrama.htm   (1185 words)

  
 Rituals of Nostalgia: Old-Fashioned Melodrama at the Millenium
Melodrama theatres frequently incorporate the use of historical relics in performance as a way to have the audience engage nostalgically with the performance.
The melodrama theatre is a secular ritual of collective nostalgia in which a simpler time in America is resurrected, a vision of communal identity.
Melodrama theatres articulate the sense of a fixed, sanitized national identity through the presentation of its plays.
www.americanpopularculture.com /journal/articles/fall_2005/cherry.htm   (3455 words)

  
 melodramapublishing.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Melodrama Publishing™ is a fortress for authors with an unconventional writing flare and are willing to step outside the box.
Melodrama Publishing™ is the home for Blackboard and Essence Magazine bestselling writers, such as Crystal Lacey Winslow and Kiki Swinson.
Melodrama Publishing™ was founded in 2001 with Crystal Lacey Winslow at the helm as author and publisher.
www.melodramapublishing.com /main.htm   (309 words)

  
 New York State Writers Institute - Manhattan Melodrama Film Notes
Even as Dillinger was carted off to the city’s morgue, and his fellow Biograph patrons began dipping handkerchiefs in the pools of his congealed blood for souvenirs, it must have occurred to at least some of them that Dillinger’s fatal trip to the movies had a remarkable irony to it.
The glossy MANHATTAN MELODRAMA caught little of the flavor of Dillinger’s life, which had been conducted on the run, in squalid rural hideouts and dusty Midwestern back roads, lurching from one bank robbery to another, the hard-won money never buying him the security or the elegance he craved.
By the end of the decade, Gable and Loy were voted, in a flamboyant publicity campaign, the King and Queen of Hollywood, though it is her teamwork with William Powell for which she is most remembered.
www.albany.edu /writers-inst/fns00n10.html   (1091 words)

  
 ARTSEDGE: Acting Up, A Melodrama
Tell the students that melodrama is a theatrical style popular throughout America in the 1800’s throughout America.
The style of acting typically used in melodrama is very exaggerated and showy.
Explain to students that in melodrama, the actors of the time were given certain “lines of business.” This meant that they were cast as a certain character type, like hero, heroine, villain, old man, comedian, etc. They learned how to speak, walk, dress, use certain facial expressions, and behave as this character type.
artsedge.kennedy-center.org /content/2330   (2074 words)

  
 Hollywood Melodrama: A Short Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries
Considers definitions of melodrama and tragedy in relation to the pressure or assertive nature of the heroine in literature and in women's romantic Hollywood films of the 1930's and 1940's.
Developments in film and tv theory relating to critical work on film melodrama and tv soap opera, with particular reference to the audience for these genres, which is traditionally female.
Melodrama's apparent celebration of familial ideology, and of the mythology which makes the bourgeois patriarchal family so 'natural' that it marginalises all rival versions, could be viewed as reactionary in terms of sexual politics.
www.lib.berkeley.edu /MRC/melodramabib.html   (5331 words)

  
 FanFiction.Net : Dictionary & Thesaurus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Note: The principal species of the drama are tragedy and comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy, melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.
The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage.
In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's ``Fidelio''.
www.fanfiction.net /dictionary.php?word=melodrama   (582 words)

  
 melodrama — Infoplease.com
The return of Damon and Pythias: Alan Dale's A Marriage Below Zero, Victorian melodrama, and the emergence of a literature of homosexual......
Innocent convicts and respectable bushrangers: history and the nation in Melbourne melodrama, 1890-1914.
Artisan Melodrama and the Plebeian Public Sphere: The Political Culture of Drury Lane and its Environs, 1797-1830.(Critical Essay)
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 melodrama - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Melodrama, in musicology, work in which a spoken text is integrated with music.
The form, which began in the ancient Greek theater, became popular...
- dramatic or literary genre: melodramas collectively considered as a dramatic or literary genre
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 Melodramas
Melodrama Mike is proud to offer the best value in melodrama and non-melodrama scripts on the net.
Public performances of Melodrama Mike plays without prior written agreement between the producer and the playwright are prohibited by the laws of copyright.
Melodrama Scripts are available through this website for theatre companies and production in theaters.
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 Melodrama and Asian Cinema - Cambridge University Press
This path-breaking study examines the importance of melodrama in the film traditions of Japan, India, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.
Exploring the various ways that melodrama operates with theoretical sophistication, the various essays contained in this volume shed light on the different traditions of Asian cinema, as well as on the wider cultural discourse in which they participate.
Melodrama/subjectivity/ideology: Western melodrama theories and their relevance (or not) to recent Chinese cinema; 3.
www.cambridge.org /catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=052161208X   (225 words)

  
 Melodrama Theatre At The Pinos Altos Opera House - Pinos Altos, NM
This original melodrama is written and directed by Sean O'Hare.
As with all of O'Hare's other works, this hysterical production is filled with fast-paced slapstick humor and plenty of opportunity for the audience to participate as they are encouraged to boo the villains, cheer the hero and throw popcorn to their heart's delight.
For melodrama reservations or information phone (505) 388-3848 or contact us by Email.
www.pinosaltos.org /melodrama   (332 words)

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