Film Comedy

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Wallflower Press, 2002 - Performing Arts - 230 pages
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What exactly is film comedy and what is the basis for its widespread appeal? Film Comedy uses formal, socio-historical and industrial perspectives to answer this question. What, for example, is the basis of the appeal of gross-out comedy in films such as There's Something About Mary and American Pie? What is the relationship between comedy and narrative, from early silent slapstick to the performance of actors such as Steve Martin and Jim Carrey? How has romantic comedy changed, or remained the same, from the 1930s to today? What happens when comedy is put to more serious ends in satire ranging from works produced under communism in Eastern Europe and Cuba to Hollywood features such as Bullworth and Wag the Dog? To what extent is comedy nation-specific? And what is the role of comic relief in Hollywood action movies and black comedy such as American Psycho and Man Bites Dog.

 

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Contents

taking comedy seriously
1
comedy and narrative
19
transgressions and regressions
63
satire and parody
93
comedy and representation
129
comedy beyond comedy
170
notes
203
filmography
209
bibliography
219
index
227
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American Independent Cinema
Geoff King
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About the author (2002)

Geoff King is lecturer in film and television Studies at Brunel University, London. He is the co-author with Tanya Krzywinska of Science Fiction Cinema: From Outerspace to Cyberspace.

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