When Jeanine Basinger decided to write a book about the portrayal of marriage in movies, she discovered that Hollywood isn’t much interested in marriage. Few movies treat the subject, and those that do are marketed as movies about love or romance. One movie executive said that you can’t get an audience interested in a man and a woman being faithfully married. Basinger identified another problem: “Marriage took time, and movies had no time to give to it. . . . Novels could be written about marriages, and plays could crystallize their tensions into significant scenes of dialogues; but . . . what were movies to do in 90 minutes?” (I Do and I Don’t, excerpted in Salon, February 3).