Assault on Society: Satirical Literature to Film

Assault on Society: Satirical Literature to Film

by Donald W. McCaffrey
     
 

Assault on Society explores over four decades of satirical and dark comedy films, a genre that has been examined only piecemeal before. Since many of these were adapted from novels and dramas, McCaffrey concentrates on literature transformed to the screen. Some works of the genre attack society's defects with the intent to change them, or at least to make us aware of… See more details below

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Assault on Society explores over four decades of satirical and dark comedy films, a genre that has been examined only piecemeal before. Since many of these were adapted from novels and dramas, McCaffrey concentrates on literature transformed to the screen. Some works of the genre attack society's defects with the intent to change them, or at least to make us aware of them. If change seems impossible, the absurdist tone of the work has therapeutic value, as in the case of "Dr. Strangelove, Catch-22, Day of the Locust, "or "A Clockwork Orange". "Tom Jones "and "The Horse's Mouth" feature picaresque protagonists and expose hypocrisy, blindness, and pretense. The legacy of dark humor and satire from the 60s and 70s lives on in the movies of the 80s and 90s.

Author Biography: Donald W. McCaffrey (Ph.D., Iowa), Professor of English at the University of North Dakota, is author of "Four Great Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, and Langdon"; "Focus on Chaplin"; "The Golden Age of Sound Comedy"; and "Three Classic Silent Screen Comedies Starring Harold Lloyd". He has interviewed Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Frank Capra and conducted seminars in the Near East and Africa for the State Department on the motion picture comedy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810825949
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1Birth Pangs of Film Satire1
Ch. 2Death for Profit and Graveside Humor12
Ch. 3War and Holocaust for Some Painful Laughter36
Ch. 4Corrupt and Crumbling Institutions68
Ch. 5Sex, Love, and Other Misalliances103
Ch. 6Rogues, Con Men, Madmen, and Assorted Deviants128
Ch. 7Wayward Youth and the Floundering Family160
Ch. 8Fable, Fantasy, Parody, and Outrageous Lampoons195
Ch. 9The Satirical Tradition Continues232
Index259

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