This chapter discusses love in film history and the aesthetic opportunities that love has provided thereof. Love has been interwoven with the history of film from the early silent days to the present. In classical cinema, the way that emotions are placed in a concrete social reality depends on morality. In the historical passage leading out of classical cinema and melodrama, the politicization of Western culture that followed in the wake of the New Wave movements of the 1960s imposed a political perspective on depictions of love. Film has two fundamentally opposing presentations of love. As determination, love is a relation that is defined and made recognizable according to strongly presented moral, social, and psychological categories. As self-determination, love is an erotic relation where the subject creates relations with its social and cultural environment based on its desire.
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