Film-Philosophy 25 (3):251-271 (2021)

Paul Deb
Cambridge University
In this article, I claim that Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road is a recent version of the film genre that Stanley Cavell calls the “melodrama of the unknown woman”. Accordingly, my discussion focuses on two key elements of that identification: the film's overriding dramatic and thematic emphasis on conversation; and the central characters’ relation to the wider social and political concerns of America.
Keywords Stanley Cavell  Sam Mendes  Leonardo DiCaprio  Kate Winslet  melodrama  unknown woman  moral perfectionism
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