Assault on society: satirical literature to film
Assault on Society explores over four decades of satirical and dark comedy films, a genre that has been examined only piecemeal before. Since many of these were adapted from novels and dramas, McCaffrey concentrates on literature transformed to the screen. Some works of the genre attack society's defects with the intent to change them, or at least to make us aware of them. If change seems impossible, the absurdist tone of the work has therapeutic value, as in the case of Dr. Strangelove, Catch-22, Day of the Locust, or A Clockwork Orange. Tom Jones and The Horse's Mouth feature picaresque protagonists and expose hypocrisy, blindness, and pretense. The legacy of dark humor and satire from the 60s and 70s lives on in the movies of the 80s and 90s.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
absurdist achieved actor Alex American animals anti-war artist attack attempt attitudes audience basic becomes black comedy bomb British Buck Henry burlesque Candy cartoon cinema Clockwork Orange comic created critics dark comedy dark humor death decade depicted developed direct director drama enacted evolves fable fantasy father film adaptation film version filmmakers Fritz the Cat Garp genre George Gulley handling Hollywood Horse's Mouth Jenny Fields Jimson kill Kubrick lampoon late sixties Magic Christian Miss Lonelyhearts movie adaptation movie version narrative novel and film novelist original parents parody person picaresque character playwright political Portnoy's Complaint portrait Prizzi's Honor produced protagonist provides realized reflections relationship reveals role satire scene screen screenplay screenwriter seems sexual shows Slaughterhouse-Five social society stage play statement story Strangelove struggles takes Terry Southern tion tone viewer Vincent Canby Waugh wife Wise Blood woman women writers Wrong Box Yossarian young youth