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  • n. Plural form of melodrama.


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  • You only find characters as unrelievedly bad as Hilly in melodramas and soap operas.

    Reader reviews of The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

  • Its waxed ends twirled upwards as is mandatory for cuckolds in French farces and was identical to the one worn by villains in English melodramas.


  • Not state documents such as melodramas use to keep the villains sweating -- they did not come in reams, so far as Johnny knew.

    The Thunder Bird

  • Then many of the children were enlisted for weeks in a daily workshop, not to teach them "acting" (for that they already knew from hundreds of overacted Indian film melodramas), but to teach them how to behave naturally in front of the camera.

    Salaam Bombay!: 20 years before Slumdog Millionaire

  • As with the story of the unhappily bleached black people, these little racial melodramas smack of willful contrivance.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • There have been tart knife-edged satires like Dr. Strangelove and weepy but powerful melodramas like On the Beach.

    How the End Begins

  • "It definitely doesn't have Minnelli's kind of lavish touch that was in his musicals and melodramas."

    Somewhere, Over the City

  • Minnelli remained in Hollywood, making musicals and melodramas for the next quarter century.

    Somewhere, Over the City

  • We get to know the “owners” and become quite acquainted with the running melodramas of the place.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The 22 films in Film Forum's new retrospective "Fritz Lang in Hollywood" — which includes iconic noirs, darkly etched wartime thrillers, chiaroscuro westerns and inventive melodramas — have often been underappreciated.

    Fritz Lang's Western Union


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