Glyn Davis

in Far from Heaven

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637782
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670864 | DOI:

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Queer fans of Todd Haynes might have been searching for the director's usual politics. His career has hovered between melodramas focused on female protagonists and those centred on men. Despite the best efforts of the gay/queer directors who sent a flurry of melodramas into cinemas in the first years of the twenty-first century, attempting to revive the genre, it remains mostly elusive on the big screen. His film undertakes seriously a large number of substantial questions — about authorship, about the persistence or loss of melodrama as a genre, about the queerness of particular narrative devices, and so on. Far from Heaven is genuinely unique and idiosyncratic. It is perhaps this uniqueness that most clearly marks Far from Heaven as a truly independent film.

Keywords: melodramas; Todd Haynes; female protagonists; cinemas; Far from Heaven; independent film; queerness

Chapter.  1203 words. 

Subjects: Film

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