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The anatomy of Harpo Marx

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers a detailed play-by-play account of Harpo Marx's physical movements as captured on screen. This title guides us through the thirteen Marx Brothers films, from "The Cocoanuts" in 1929 to "Love  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Harpo Marx
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Koestenbaum
ISBN: 9780520269002 0520269004 9780520269019 0520269012
OCLC Number: 732318577
Description: ix, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early ecstatic emptiness. The holy fool flees language's stinkbomb: The cocoanuts (1929) --
Pinky, the pointing scapegoat, lags behind: Duck soup (1933) --
The mad mohel's goo-goo eyes of monomaniacal attunement: A night at the opera --
Poppy power, or, the thick-enough art of zombie dumbfoundment: Animal crackers (1930) --
Later astonishments. Fake dead Jew as cute zoo-idiot: Room service (1938) --
Pass Punchy's humiliated buddy huddle: At the circus (1939) --
Freeze Rusty's anal rage in a cozy void: Go west (1940) --
Lonely wacky's incremental lines of flight: The big store (1941) --
The bubble-blowing demarcator tickles totality: A night in Casablanca (1946) --
Bulge, glaze, pause, shock; or, the bushy-haired ragpicker's burnt offering: Love happy (1950) --
The idiot tumbles back to the beginning of time. The undeliverable ice of pinky's mom-mouth: Horse feathers (1932) --
The kippering, bopping, shushing, bear-hugging, beard-pulling bustle: Monkey business (1931) --
The pretzel glimmer-eye of stuffy's stuttering surge: A day at the races.
Responsibility: Wayne Koestenbaum.

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"A zesty and deeply literate joy to read." -- Jonathan Kiefer New Haven Review 20120406 "A charming and rigorous study." -- Brian Dillon Sight & Sound Magazine 20120301 "A fittingly zany, aphoristic, Read more...

 
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