Publisher: University of California Press; y First printing edition (September 3, 1991)
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the character of comedy has many thinkers, from Plato to Freud, yet movie comedy has now not bought a lot theoretical awareness lately. The essays in Comedy/Cinema/Theory use a number of serious and theoretical ways to discover this curious and engaging topic. the result's a stimulating, informative e-book for somebody attracted to movie, humor, and the artwork of bringing the 2 together.Comedy continues to be a primary human preoccupation, regardless of the vagaries in shape that it has assumed over the centuries in numerous media. In his advent, Horton surveys the background of the examine of comedy, from Aristophanes to the current, and he additionally bargains a viewpoint on different comparable comedian types: published fiction, comedian books, television sitcoms, jokes and gags.Some essays within the assortment specialise in normal matters referring to comedy and cinema. In vigorous (and usually funny) prose, such students as Lucy Fischer, Noel Carroll, Peter Lehman, and Brian Henderson hire feminist, post-Freudian, neo-Marxist, and Bakhtinian methodologies. the rest essays carry theoretical concerns to endure on particular works and comedian filmmakers. Peter Brunette, William Paul, Scott Bukatman, Dana Polan, Charles Eidsvik, Ruth Perlmutter, Stephen Mamber, and Andrew Horton supply various views for interpreting the 3 Stooges, Chaplin, Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Dusan Makavejev, and Alfred Hitchcock's sole comedy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in addition to the abnormal style of cynical humor from jap Europe.As editor Horton notes, an over-arching concept of movie comedy doesn't emanate from those essays. but the range and originality of the contributions replicate important and turning out to be curiosity within the topic, and either scholars of movie and common moviegoers will enjoy the implications.