Assault on society: satirical literature to film

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Scarecrow Press, 1992 - Art - 279 pages
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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.

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About the author (1992)

\Donald W. McCaffrey (Ph.D., Iowa), Professor of English at the University of North Dakota, is author of Four Great Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and Langdon; Focus on Chaplin; The Golden Age of Sound Comedy; and Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd. He has interviewed Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Frank Capra and conducted seminars in the Near East and Africa for the State Department on the motion picture comedy.