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In the 1970s Brian Henderson predicted that due to changes within family structures and sexual relationships and a loss of faith in the interest of romance as a subject the romantic comedy would become outdated and therefore supposedly an impossibility in todays cinema FM3011 Comedy Henderson Austin Indeed there have been many alterations to our social structures since the classic Hollywood era defined by Susan Hayward as the cinema tradition that dominated Hollywood production from the 1930s to the 1960s Hayward Routledge 45 The feminist and gay movements of the 70s a rise in divorce rates and the subsequent increase in the number of single parent families have all played a part in significantly changing the shape of our society and our outlook on life However I would argue with hindsight that rather than causing the genre to be obsolete in the present day these changes within society have merely forced the romantic comedy to change tack somewhat in order to conform to modern ideologies Claude Levi-Strauss studied many cultures and myths and according to him these stories help to solve key issues within a culture offering an imaginary resolution to any social discordance which might arise This theory can be applied to many sorts of myths or stories including films and I think it is a good place to start when replying to Hendersons claim that romantic comedy would no longer work It is generally agreed I would assume that romantic comedy was and still is an extremely popular genre The reason for this great and continuing success might be attributed to what Delia Ephron calls our thirst for romance no matter how bleak things are She goes on to say that in fact the bleaker they are the more we crave it Perhaps accounting for the particular prosperity of the genre following the First World War and during the Depression When youre single youve got the notion of Tomorrow is another
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