- 1A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions.More example sentences
- Greta Garbo played tragic lovers, exotic temptresses and steely heroines, anchoring many mediocre melodramas and haughty period pieces like a pro.
- The feel of a sensational melodrama is part of its success: this is rich, indulgent, luxurious story-telling, the kind of book that you can really get your teeth into - and want to read it in one sitting.
- Like soap operas and melodramas, Magnolia is characterized by excess.
- 1.1The genre of melodrama.More example sentences
- They imitated the Hollywood genres of comedy, melodrama, musicals and Westerns.
- The challenges stimulated more work on genres, like melodrama, that addressed women.
- Enduring female friendships, in various forms, have been explored in both mainstream and independent cinema over the last decade or so, predominantly through the genres of melodrama and comedy.
- 1.2Language, behavior, or events that resemble melodrama: what little is known of his early life is cloaked in melodramaMore example sentences
- ‘It's meant to be’ jibes Danilo as he storms off the Westmorland Hall stage with such splendid melodrama he almost pushes conductor Wyn Davies into his illustrious players.
- It is an old-fashioned, admirably reticent film that succeeds not through daring but by avoiding the seductions of sentimentality and melodrama.
- Nonetheless they showed Andersen a way to write stories with unhappy endings while avoiding the sentimentality and melodrama that plague his novels.
- 2 • historical A play interspersed with songs and orchestral music accompanying the action.More example sentences
- He wrote songs, operas, and operettas, pantomimes, melodramas, and in 1823, a History of Music.
- I went reluctantly to Bingley Little Theatre's production of the Victorian melodrama with music East Lynne.
- East Lynne is a melodrama with music telling how a woman is tricked into believing her husband is having an affair.
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- Apart from the traditions of Italian stage farce it owes as much to silent comedy as the other films owe to the silent cinema's melodramatists.
- The composer Zdenek Fibich - symphonist, opera composer, melodramatist, and composer of one of the most extended keyboard cycles written since Chopin - would have been l50.
- As befits the melodramatist, the composer does not disdain ‘sensation music’.
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- Mr. Bloom's position, in love with an unfaithful wife, too well-meaning and congenial to stand up for himself, is not less poignant because Joyce refrains from melodramatizing its poignancy.
- I don't like to melodramatise, but I'll always cherish our time together, you know, just in case.
- By allegory and by exaggeration the gangster genre melodramatized the social Darwinism of the marketplace, rendering it for popular consumption.
early 19th century: from French mélodrame, from Greek melos 'music' + French drame 'drama'.
More definitions of melodramaDefinition of melodrama in:
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