A Companion to Film Comedy

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Andrew Horton, Joanna E. Rapf
John Wiley & Sons, Sep 7, 2012 - Performing Arts - 584 pages
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A wide-ranging survey of the subject that celebrates the variety and complexity of film comedy from the ‘silent’ days to the present, this authoritative guide offers an international perspective on the popular genre that explores all facets of its formative social, cultural and political context

  • A wide-ranging collection of 24 essays exploring film comedy from the silent era to the present
  • International in scope, the collection embraces not just American cinema, including Native American and African American, but also comic films from Europe, the Middle East, and Korea
  • Essays explore sub-genres, performers, and cultural perspectives such as gender, politics, and history in addition to individual works
  • Engages with different strands of comedy including slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic
  • Features original entries from a diverse group of multidisciplinary international contributors
 

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Contents

The Funny Women of the Silent Screen
39
The American Slapstick
61
Comic Performers in the Sound
87
Jacques Tati and Comedic Performance
111
Charlie Chaplin of New Hollywood
130
Mel Brooks Vulgar Modernism and Comic Remediation
151
The Intimate Scenarios
175
Taking Romantic Comedy Seriously in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
196
Dark Comedy from Dr Strangelove to the Dude
315
Comic Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity
343
American Indian Film Comedies
365
The Greek Americans
387
International Comedy
409
Gender Humor and the Plastic Body
432
Comedy Italian Style and I soliti ignoti Big Deal on Madonna
454
Humor Loss and the Possibility
474

Comedy in the Contemporary
217
Masculinity Adoption and Identity
236
Topical Comedy Irony and Humour Noir
251
Utopian Comedy and the Aesthetics
273
The Totalitarian Comedy of Lubitschs To Be or Not To Be
293
Comic Animation
497
From Animated Portmanteau to
521
Index
545
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About the author (2012)

Andrew Horton is the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA. An award-winning screenwriter, he is also the author of twnty-eight books on film, screenwriting and cultural studies, including Screenwriting for a Global Market (2004), Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay (2nd edition, 2000), and The Films of Theo Angelopoulos (2nd edition, 1999). His screenplays include Brad Pitt’s first feature film, The Dark Side of the Sun (1988), and the award-winning Something in Between (1983), directed by Srdjan Karanovic. He has led screenwriting workshops around the world as well as across the United States.

Joanna E. Rapf is Professor of English and Film & Media Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA. She writes regularly about film comedy, with recent essays on Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis, Roscoe Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, and Marie Dressler, and has edited books on a range of subjects including Sidney Lumet, On the Waterfront, and Buster Keaton.

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