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An Archaeology of SympathyThe Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema$
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James Chandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226034959

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226035000.001.0001

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Cinema as a Medium of Sentiment

Cinema as a Medium of Sentiment

(p.94) Three Cinema as a Medium of Sentiment
An Archaeology of Sympathy

James Chandler

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at how Mr. Deeds Goes to Town remakes Platinum Blonde, to decisive effect for the account of Capra's sense of his medium, and at how Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in turn remakes Mr. Deeds, with an unprecedented focus on the issue of “film power” and his own wielding of it. It analyzes how Capra's relation to the film medium in these films and Meet John Doe is astutely registered in Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1941). It concludes by examining the multiply recursive aspects of It's a Wonderful Life.

Keywords:   Frank Capra, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Platinum Blonde, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Meet John Doe, Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels, It's a Wonderful Life

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