Comedy/Cinema/Theory

Comedy/Cinema/Theory

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520070402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 251

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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: 251
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
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Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Andrew Horton
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-29 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Greek film director Theo Angelopoulos is one of the most influential and widely respected filmmakers in the world today, yet his films are still largely unknown to the American public. In the first book in English to focus on Angelopoulos's unique cinematic vision, Andrew Horton provides an illuminating contextual study
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Language: en
Pages: 230
Authors: Geoff King
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Wallflower Press

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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
Classical Hollywood Comedy
Language: en
Pages: 438
Authors: Kristine Brunovska Karnick, Henry Jenkins
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-01 - Publisher: Routledge

Applies the recent `return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywood comedy as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in this field.