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This posting compares the Octaroon and The Indian Princess to today's Hollywood movies.

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As you compare many of today's Hollywood movies as melodramas in terms of plot structure, characterization, visual elements, and use of music, please also compare them to Octaroon and/or The Indian Princess. These brainstorming ideas below offer you some ideas for exploration:

First, there are numerous characteristics associated with melodramas. For example, they utilize music to increase emotions or to signify characters. A strong example of this method is Titanic's use of "My Heart Will Go On" as signature music. Moulin Rouge also typifies the use of music to ...

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This posting offers examples within this genre.