Abstract

Abstract: This essay applies theories of film melodrama to Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams. It argues that the film presents a turn, progressively, away from the garishness, irony, and hysteria of Sirkian melodrama, as well as the utopian sentiment of various women's and/or rites of passage films, toward nihilism, the abject, and what Jeffrey Sconce calls "cold melodrama."

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 49-69
Launched on MUSE
2007-11-19
Open Access
No
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