An enjoyable look at how Hollywood sees marriage

By Jane Sumner - Special to the American-Statesman

Jeanine Basinger knows a thing or two about marriage. After all, the genial chair of film studies and curator of the cinema archives at Wesleyan University has been married to the same “saint of a guy” for 45 years.

And after screening “marriage movies” for three years, the film historian knows even more about the subject on screen. The result: a witty, dense and exhaustively researched study of how Hollywood portrayed married life for more than 100 years.

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