A Companion to Film Comedy

A Companion to Film Comedy

by Andrew Horton
     
 

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From the very dawn of the era of moving pictures, filmmakers from Hollywood to Hong Kong have been playing it for laughs. Yet despite comedy’s levity as a form, the legendary French auteur François Truffaut called it ‘by far the most difficult genre, the one that demands the most work, the most talent, and also the most humility’.

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From the very dawn of the era of moving pictures, filmmakers from Hollywood to Hong Kong have been playing it for laughs. Yet despite comedy’s levity as a form, the legendary French auteur François Truffaut called it ‘by far the most difficult genre, the one that demands the most work, the most talent, and also the most humility’.

This wide-ranging celebration of the variety and complexity of international film comedy covers work from the days of silent movies to the present, and from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States. These specially commissioned essays map the myriad ways that comic films have reflected and influenced history, culture, politics, and social institutions. As well as engaging with different strands of comedy such as slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic, the Companion tackles mixed comic genres, individual performers and directors, and broader topics including gender and social-political issues in comedy. Each subject is placed in its formative social, cultural and political context, while the multidisciplinary international contributors ensure a depth and breadth of perspective.

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“And of course, it very much is. An important subject needs an important companion.  This is it. That’s all, folks.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 January 2014)

“This work is indispensible for any student or scholar who, in the spirit of Rabelais, Swift, and Chesterton, will laugh while studying film images. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 July 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444338591
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/03/2012
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
7.15(w) x 10.05(h) x 1.15(d)

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“’Make 'em laugh!’ may be a Hollywood musical imperative, but exactly how to make em' laugh— and what it means when they do— is harder to figure out. For this provocative, eclectic, and, yes, amusing compendium of essays, editors Andrew Horton and Joanna E. Rapf have corralled a gifted ensemble of comic-minded film scholars to ruminate over the pratfalls, wisecracks, and zany antics that—from custard-pie-thick one-reelers to sappy rom-coms—have left motion picture audiences rolling in the aisles and rolling their eyes. In examining the mechanics and cultural meanings of the serious business of film comedy, the essayists herein tackle a dizzying array of laugh-inducing  genres (slapstick, screwball, sophisticated, ethnic, and gross-out, to name a few) and people  (Charles Chaplin, Ernest Lubitsch, Jacques Tati, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Ben Stiller, to name a very few).  Best of all, the essays in this film companion are themselves all sharp-witted and good-humored: in dissecting film comedy, they manage not to kill the patient.”
- Thomas Doherty, Brandeis University

“An impressive array of our best critical thinkers and an invaluable spectrum of comedians from Max Linder to Jim Carrey – it’s a vital, challenging addition to film comedy studies."
- Ed Sikov

“The most wide-ranging collection on the topic to appear in years, this volume features essays by both leading scholars and new voices that will both redefine and expand the ways we think about many kinds of film comedy and the artists who create it.”
 –Matthew H. Bernstein, Emory University

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