Reeling with Laughter: American Film Comedies--from Anarchy to Mockumentary

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Performing Arts - 217 pages
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Film comedy has been around as long as cinema itself. Over the years, particular forms of the genre have emerged, evolved, and spawned other branches of comedy. While these subgenres may vary in their approach to humor, all of them have the same goal: amusing audiences. In Reeling with Laughter: American Film Comedies From Anarchy to Mockumentary, Michael V. Tueth examines some of the most enjoyable comic movies of all time. Beginning with the anarchic romp Duck Soup (1933), each chapter explores a specific subgenre through a representative film. Along with the Marx Brothers classic, other subgenres discussed in this volume include romantic comedy (It Happened One Night), screwball comedy (Bringing Up Baby and What s Up, Doc?), musical comedy (Singin in the Rain), sex farce (Some Like It Hot), satire (Dr. Strangelove), parody (Young Frankenstein), neurotic comedy (Annie Hall), Dionysian comedy (Animal House), mockumentary (Waiting for Guffman), and animated comedy (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut). In this volume, Tueth provides the background of each film s production and discusses their audience reception, critical appraisal, and the qualities that have characterized these enduring works. Reeling with Laughter will appeal to film students, as well as the general public eager to revisit these great American films."
  

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Contents

DUCK SOUP 1933
1
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT 1934
19
BRINGING UP BABY 1938 AND WHATS UP DOC? 1972
39
SINGIN IN THE RAIN 1952
63
SOME LIKE IT HOT 1959
83
DR STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB 1964
99
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 1974
117
ANNIE HALL 1977
135
NATIONAL LAMPOONS ANIMAL HOUSE 1978
161
WAITING FOR GUFFMAN 1996
179
SOUTH PARK BIGGER LONGER UNCUT 1999
193
Bibliography
205
Index
211
About the Author
217
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About the author (2012)

Michael V. Tueth, S.J., teaches film and television studies in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Laughter in the Living Room: Television Comedy and the American Home Audience (2005).

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