Film-Philosophy 18 (1):92-109 (2014)

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David Macarthur
University of Sydney
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This paper offers a reading of The Awful Truth in order to meditate further on Stanley Cavell's articulation of the themes of the ordinary and perfectionist marriage as exemplified in the genre of films he calls the Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage in Cavell and . I explore different ways in which this film and the medium of film generally are capable of making the unseen visible: revealing the ordinary that is hidden behind its very familiarity; making available an awareness that we are unseen by the projected reality of film; and, in this film in particular, showing that this divorcing couple - whose marriage and sexual life are essentially off-screen - are as if married all along even while they pursue other love interests
Keywords skepticism  the ordinary  marriage
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DOI 10.3366/film.2014.0007
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Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage.Noel Carroll - 1982 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 41 (1):103-106.

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