Comedy/Cinema/Theory

Comedy/Cinema/Theory

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520070402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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The nature of comedy has interested many thinkers, from Plato to Freud, but film comedy has not received much theoretical attention in recent years. The essays in Comedy/Cinema/Theory use a range of critical and theoretical approaches to explore this curious and fascinating subject. The result is a stimulating, informative book for anyone interested in film, humor, and the art of bringing the two together. Comedy remains a central human preoccupation, despite the vagaries in form that it has assumed over the centuries in different media. In his introduction, Horton surveys the history of the study of comedy, from Aristophanes to the present, and he also offers a perspective on other related comic forms: printed fiction, comic books, TV sitcoms, jokes and gags. Some essays in the collection focus on general issues concerning comedy and cinema. In lively (and often humorous) prose, such scholars as Lucy Fischer, Noel Carroll, Peter Lehman, and Brian Henderson employ feminist, post-Freudian, neo-Marxist, and Bakhtinian methodologies. The remaining essays bring theoretical considerations to bear on specific works and comic filmmakers. Peter Brunette, William Paul, Scott Bukatman, Dana Polan, Charles Eidsvik, Ruth Perlmutter, Stephen Mamber, and Andrew Horton provide different perspectives for analyzing The Three Stooges, Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Dusan Makavejev, and Alfred Hitchcock's sole comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, as well as the peculiar genre of cynical humor from Eastern Europe. As editor Horton notes, an over-arching theory of film comedy does not emanate from these essays. Yet the diversity and originality of the contributions reflect vital and growing interest in the subject, and both students of film and general moviegoers will relish the results.
Comedy/Cinema/Theory
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: Andrew Horton
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 1991-09-03 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

The nature of comedy has interested many thinkers, from Plato to Freud, but film comedy has not received much theoretical attention in recent years. The essays in Comedy/Cinema/Theory use a range of critical and theoretical approaches to explore this curious and fascinating subject. The result is a stimulating, informative book
Film Comedy
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: Geoff King
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Wallflower Press

Comedy is one of the most popular forms in film. But what exactly is film comedy and what might be the basis of its widespread appeal? This book takes a multi-perspective approach to answering these questions.
Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Gayatri Devi
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-12-01 - Publisher: Wayne State University Press

While Middle Eastern culture does not tend to be associated with laughter and levity in the global imagination, humor—often satirical—has long been a staple of mainstream Arabic film. In Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema, editors Gayatri Devi and Najat Rahman shed light on this tradition, as well as humor and
Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: John A. Dowell, Cynthia J. Miller
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-06 - Publisher: Lexington Books

Horrific Humor and the Moment of Droll Grimness in Cinema explores the moment in audience reception where screams and laughter collide. Essays examinine the aesthetics and mechanics of the sLaughter moment, the impact of its frission of humor and horror on the viewer, and sLaughter’s implications for the human condition
The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Rimgaila Salys
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-10-01 - Publisher: Intellect Books

"Grigorii Aleksandrov's musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s and '40s. Drawing on studio documents, press materials, and interviews with surviving film crew members, The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov presents the untold production history of the films. Salys