Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy (Google eBook)

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Chicago Review Press, Sep 1, 2010 - Performing Arts - 576 pages
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From "City Lights" to "Knocked Up," this history examines American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother, the comedy, and puts the comic titans of the present in the context of their predecessors. The 30 chapters and 100 essays follow the connections that link Mae West to Marilyn Monroe and W. C. Fields to Will Ferrell. Offering unvarnished insight into comedians and directors such as Buster Keaton, Christopher Guest, Eddie Murphy, and Ben Stiller, this eye-opening, entertaining, and enlightening tour encompasses the masterpieces, the box-office smashes, and all the little-known gems in between. Laurel and Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Sellers, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and the Coen Brothers are among others profiled, while a list of the top-100 American film comedies is also included.
  

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User Review  - Melinda - Goodreads

The title of this book should be "A White Male-Centric History Of American Film Comedy." Not such a fine mess at all. Read full review

Review: Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

I wish there had been a bit more biography than listography of these great people, but it did open my eyes to a few more movies and actors/directors to check out. Read full review

Contents

The Most Famous Man on Earth
1
The Camera Man
15
The Striver
27
Straight Man and Little Boy
39
Brothers of Anarchy
51
The Juggler
63
Its All Been Done Before but Not the Way I Do It
75
The Touch
87
The 2000YearOld Parodist
229
Hope and Bergman
241
Rebel Without a Pause
255
The Return of Sully Sullivan
269
The Jerk and the Genius
281
Incredible Shrinking Comic
293
Just the Usual Comic Inspiration Frustration Loss and Death
307
Oddball America
319

The Cockeyed Caravan
101
The Picture of Archie Leach
115
Spencers Rib
127
Nobodys Perfect
139
Funny Blonde
151
Battle of the Sexless
163
Theyre Crazy About Him in France
175
The Man Behind the Masks
189
Stardom Revised
203
Overlapping Dialogue
215
The Baron of the Mockumentary
333
Good Jewish Boys
345
A Pretty Nice Little Saturday
357
Peter Pans and Frat Brothers
369
SHORT ENTRIES
381
Top 100 American Comedies
477
Bibliography
481
Index
485
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