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[American screen comedy : modernism].

Author: Woody AllenRobert De NiroJerry LewisMartin ScorseseArnon MilchanAll authors
Publisher: United States : Embassy International Pictures : Palomar Pictures International, 1968-1982.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
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If ironic self awareness is a hallmark, then these two comedies represent late modernism in screen comedy. In The King of Comedy there is an inversion of Jerry Lewis' screen persona, a play with ideas from Lewis' own comedies and a complex interplay between fantasy-fiction. 'Scorsese has blended the 'borrowed' elements and his own concerns to simultaneously bleak and witty effect' (Jenkins). The comedy has a  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Woody Allen; Robert De Niro; Jerry Lewis; Martin Scorsese; Arnon Milchan; Charles H Joffe; Lester Shorr; Fred Schuler; Palomar Pictures International.; Embassy International Pictures.
OCLC Number: 225783348
Credits: (The king of comedy) Producer, Arnon Milchan ; director, Martin Scorsese ; photography, Fred Schuler ; (Take the money and run) producer, Charles H. Joffe ; director, Woody Allen ; photography, Lester Shorr.
Cast: (The king of comedy) Robert de Niro, Jerry Lewis ; (Take the money and run) Woody Allen, Janet Margolin.
Performer(s): (Take the money and run) Jackson Beck.
Target Audience: Note: For classroom use only ; not for public exhibition.
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS) (189 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Contents: The king of comedy (104 min.)--Take the money and run (85 min.).

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If ironic self awareness is a hallmark, then these two comedies represent late modernism in screen comedy. In The King of Comedy there is an inversion of Jerry Lewis' screen persona, a play with ideas from Lewis' own comedies and a complex interplay between fantasy-fiction. 'Scorsese has blended the 'borrowed' elements and his own concerns to simultaneously bleak and witty effect' (Jenkins). The comedy has a desperate quality because it is so acutely unfunny for the on-screen characters. Woody Allen, in Take the Money and Run, parodies social attitudes, character stereotypes, TV and film genres, styles and conventions with a loose assemblage of gags, jokes, improbable situations and characters. As Gerald Mast points out Take the Money and Run comes closer to capturing the surrealism of Mack Sennett's style than most conscious attempts at recreation have done.

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