Beyond Sadness: The Multi-Emotional Trajectory of Melodrama (with Winfried Menninghaus.)

In: Cinema Journal. Vol. 56, No. 4, 2017

In this article we investigate the astonishing variety of emotions that a brief scene in a film melodrama can evoke. We thus take issue with the reductive view of melodrama that limits this genre’s emotional effects to sadness, pity, and tear-jerking potential. Through a close analysis of a melodramatic standard situation—a “news of death” scene—in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003), we reveal the emotional dynamics and the high density as well as rich variety of affective phenomena likely to be experienced during the trajectory of this two-minute scene.

Link to PDF

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *