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Parody as Film Genre:
     

Parody as Film Genre: "Never Give a Saga an Even Break"

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by Wes D. Gehring
 

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ISBN-10: 0313261865

ISBN-13: 9780313261862

Pub. Date: 09/30/1999

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Parody is the least appreciated of all film comedy genres and receives little serious attention, even among film fans. This study elevates parody to mainstream significance. A historical overview places the genre in context, and a number of basic parody components, which better define the genre and celebrate its value, are examined. Parody is differentiated from

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Parody is the least appreciated of all film comedy genres and receives little serious attention, even among film fans. This study elevates parody to mainstream significance. A historical overview places the genre in context, and a number of basic parody components, which better define the genre and celebrate its value, are examined. Parody is differentiated from satire, and the two parody types, traditional and reaffirmation, are explained. Chapters study the most spoofed genre in American parody history, the Western; pantheon members of American Film Comedy such as The Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Mae West, and Laurel and Hardy; pivotal parody artists, Bob Hope and Woody Allen; Mel Brooks, whose name is often synonymous with parody; and finally, parody in the 1990s. Films discussed include Destry Rides Again (1939), The Road to Utopia (1945), My Favorite Brunette (1947), The Paleface (1948), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) and Scream (1996).

This examination of parody will appeal to scholars and students of American film and film comedy, as well as those interested in the specific comedians discussed and the Western genre. Gehring's work will also find a place in American pop culture studies and sociological studies of the period from the 1920s to the 1990s. The book is carefully documented and includes a selected bibliography and filmography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313261862
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1999
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Foreword by Scott R. Olson

Preface

Parody Overview

Everyone's Going West

The Pre-Brooks King of Parody: Bob Hope…And Disciple Woody Allen

Mel Brooks

Two For The Road

Epilogue

Appendix: Selected Filmography

Selected Bibliography

Index

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Parody as Film Genre: "Never Give a Saga an Even Break" 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"dissecting...without removing the funny bones...the author keeps his scholarly writing light and immensely readable, interrupting his critical insights with numerous comic bits."--"Choice" (February 2000)