A Case Study on Pillow Talk(1959) and Down with Love(2003): Split Screen in Romantic Comedy Films

<필로우 톡>(1959)과 <다운 위드 러브>(2003): 로맨틱 코미디 영화의 화면 분할

  • 장우진 (아주대학교 미디어학과)
  • Received : 2013.11.25
  • Accepted : 2014.01.07
  • Published : 2014.03.28


This paper examines how split-screen technique works to meet the goals and strategies of the narrative in the romantic comedy films which deal with love and sex. The plot of romantic comedy films aims to the union and marriage of the couple, but is structured to delay the union as much as possible through comical situations and episodes. Usually split-screen scenes are placed before plot point 2 and serve to make a laugh and humor. Besides, it helps focusing on two main characters. Comedy related to love and sex comes from information gap between two main characters which can cause a tension, double meaning of spoken words and combination of split-screen images. Michael Gordon's Pillow Talk(1959) and Peyton Reed's Down with Love(2003) are reviewed in this study.


Romantic Comedy;Split-screen;Plot;Information Gap;Double Meaning;Love and Sex;Pillow Talk;Down with Love


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