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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MELODRAMA

Yes, there was a fine scene when I went home that night, a Broadway melodrama.

Could any melodrama wish for a more appropriate mise-en-scne?

Staking all on high moments is melodrama with no comic relief.

I objected strongly to being treated as the villain of a melodrama.

We could hardly keep from laughing, it was so very like a melodrama.

Angelo is pure melodrama; Marie Tudor is the melodrama of history.

"We're to meet a man," Senesin said, with an air of melodrama.

I sit, an audience, shedding crocodile tears at a melodrama.

"I cannot avoid a touch of melodrama, you see," she confessed.

In 1805 Lewis recast it into a melodrama, which he called Rugantino.

WORD ORIGIN

1784 (1782 as melo drame), "a stage-play in which songs were interspersed and music accompanied the action," from French mélodrame (18c.), from Greek melos "song" (see melody) + French drame "drama" (see drama). Meaning "a romantic and sensational dramatic piece with a happy ending" is from 1883, because this was often the form of the original melodramas. Also from French are Spanish melodrama, Italian melodramma, German melodram. Related: Melodramatize.

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