Hollywood Comedians: The Film Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 3/28/2003
  • Series: In Focus: Routledge Film Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Genre, Narrative and Performance 19
1 Performance, Enuniciation and Self-reference in Hollywood Comedian Comedy 21
2 Derailing the Honeymoon Express: Comicality and Narrative Closure in Buster Keaton's The Blacksmith 43
Pt. 2 Approaches to Silent Comedy 55
3 The Case of Silent Slapstic 57
4 Buster Keaton, or the Work of Comedy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction 73
5 Charlie Chaplin and the Annals of Anality 79
Pt. 3 Sound Comedy, the Vaudeville Aesthetic and Ethnicity 87
6 Anarchistic Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic 91
7 The Marx Brothers and the Search for the Landsman 105
Pt. 4 Comedian Comedy and Gender 123
8 She Done Him Wrong: Spectacle and Narrative 127
9 Lucille Ball and the Regime of Domiculture 133
10 Comic Theory from a Feminist Perspective: A Look at Jerry Lewis 145
11 Queering the Deal: On the Road with Hope and Crosby 155
Pt. 5 Post-Classical Comedian Comedy 167
12 Laughing Mad: The Black Comedian's Place in American Comedy of the Post-Civil Rights Era 167
13 Low Blows? Theorizing Performance in Post-classical Comedian Comedy 187
Select Bibliography 199
Index 203
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