Hollywood Comedians: The Film Reader / Edition 1

Hollywood Comedians: The Film Reader / Edition 1

by Frank Krutnik
     
 

Hollywood Comedians, The Film Reader brings together key writings on one of the most consistently popular genres of Hollywood cinema. Despite the cult reputations enjoyed by star performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen, comedians and the contexts within which they worked have not always received their due in

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Hollywood Comedians, The Film Reader brings together key writings on one of the most consistently popular genres of Hollywood cinema. Despite the cult reputations enjoyed by star performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers and Woody Allen, comedians and the contexts within which they worked have not always received their due in scholarly discussions of cinema culture. Hollywood Comedians, The Film Reader seeks to fill this gap, combining distinguished work on comedian comedy produced since the early 1980s together with more recent material that explores the genre's contemporary revival.
This reader provides a comprehensive guide to a range of comedians, contexts and issues: from the silent films of Chaplin and Keaton to the early sound comedy of Mae West and the Marx Brothers, and from the gender dynamics of Hope and Crosby, Lucille Ball and Jerry Lewis to contemporary comedians such as Jim Carrey and Chris Rock. In addition to exploring issues of genre, narrative, stardom and performance, the reader also traces how comedian films manage representations of otherness that are defined through ethnicity, race, class, gender and the body.
Articles are grouped in thematic sections, each exploring a central issue to the study of comedian comedy, and featuring an editor's introduction outlining the context of issues and debates. Sections include:
*Genre, narrative and performance
*Approaches to silent comedy
*Sound comedy, the vaudeville aesthetic and ethnicity
*Comedian comedy and gender
*Post-classical comedian comedy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415235525
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
In Focus: Routledge Film Readers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Introduction1
Pt. 1Genre, Narrative and Performance19
1Performance, Enuniciation and Self-reference in Hollywood Comedian Comedy21
2Derailing the Honeymoon Express: Comicality and Narrative Closure in Buster Keaton's The Blacksmith43
Pt. 2Approaches to Silent Comedy55
3The Case of Silent Slapstic57
4Buster Keaton, or the Work of Comedy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction73
5Charlie Chaplin and the Annals of Anality79
Pt. 3Sound Comedy, the Vaudeville Aesthetic and Ethnicity87
6Anarchistic Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic91
7The Marx Brothers and the Search for the Landsman105
Pt. 4Comedian Comedy and Gender123
8She Done Him Wrong: Spectacle and Narrative127
9Lucille Ball and the Regime of Domiculture133
10Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis145
11Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby155
Pt. 5Post-Classical Comedian Comedy167
12Laughing Mad: The Black Comedian's Place in American Comedy of the Post-Civil Rights Era167
13Low Blows? Theorizing Performance in Post-classical Comedian Comedy187
Select Bibliography199
Index203

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