Originally Posted by Jake
I'd say so. For a long time I was terrified of romantic movies because of their "gayness". I was also way more of an idiot than I am now. Then I actually sat down and watched Annie Hall and Eternal Sunshine and my tune changed.
Haha Jake, this is sorta peripheral to your point but reading your post made me realize: there is
such a thing as a male-oriented romantic movie, too - Woody Allen being the king of that genre, but also off the top of my head, you could add High Fidelity
, maybe Groundhog's Day
, some of Wes Anderson's stuff maybe (though that crosses over too far into the midlife crisis genre, perhaps.)
In the extras to Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
, Scorsese mentions that in the classic Hollywood era there was a genre of "women's pictures" (also sometimes refered to as, ahem, "weepies"), whose model he tried to follow for that film. It was a pretty big genre back then, you know, all those movies starring Bette Davis and later on Jane Wyman and stuff, but you seldom hear these discussed in the same genre terms used to analyze the classic westerns, gangster movies or even musicals. Douglas Sirk is a big name of course, but he's mostly named by people who want to throw Brecht in there, and often within a context of "look what great work this man did with these silly stupid stories"*. Then there's movies like All About Eve
and the awesome Letter From An Unknown Woman
, which are seen as classics but no one ever brings up genre when it comes to them - they're just seen as great dramas. Actually I think this still happens today - a chick flick that manages to cross over becomes a Drama.
* Which of course is
also how people used to defend Sergio Leone, and Argento, and any genre dude who got the High Art laurels
EDIT: Crosspost! Sorry WW, didn't see that you had already mentioned this genre.