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Another fine mess : a history of American film comedy

Author: Saul Austerlitz
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Looks at American film comedy from Charlie Chaplin to the work of Judd Apatow, covering such legends as W.C. Fields, Billy Wilder, and the Cohen brothers.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saul Austerlitz
ISBN: 9781556529511 1556529511
OCLC Number: 544474654
Notes: "An A Cappella book."
Description: xv, 512 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Charlie Chaplin: the most famous man on earth --
Buster Keaton: the camera man --
Harold Lloyd: the striver --
Laurel & Hardy: straight man and little boy --
The Marx Brothers: brothers of anarchy --
W.C. Fields: the juggler --
Mae West: :"it's all been done before, but not the way I do it" --
Ernst Lubitsch: the touch --
Preston Sturges: the cockeyed caravan --
Cary Grant: the picture of Archie Leach --
Katherine Hepburn: Spencer's rib --
Billy Wilder: "nobody's perfect!" --
Marilyn Monroe: funny blonde --
Doris Day: battle of the sexless --
Jerry Lewis: they're crazy about him in France --
Peter Sellers: the man behind the masks --
Dustin Hoffman: stardom, revised --
Robert Altman: overlapping dialogue --
Mel Brooks: the 2000-year-old parodist --
Woody Allen: Hope and Bergman --
Richard Pryor: rebel without a pause --
Albert Brooks: the return of Sully Sullivan --
Steve Martin: the jerk and the genius --
Eddie Murphy: incredible shrinking comic --
Bill Murray: just the usual comic inspiration- frustration, loss, and death --
The Coen Brothers: oddball America --
Christopher Guest: the Baron of the Mockumentary --
Ben Stiller: good Jewish boys --
Will Ferrell: "a pretty nice little Saturday" --
Judd Apatow: Peter Pans and the frat brothers --
Short Entries. --
Abbott & Costello --
Wes Anderson --
Jennifer Aniston --
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle --
Jean Arthur --
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers --
Lauren Bacall --
Anne Bancroft --
Drew Barrymore --
Noah Baumbach --
Ralph Bellamy --
John Belushi --
Humphrey Bogart --
Bugs Bunny --
Frank Capra --
Jim Carrey --
Chevy Chase --
Cheech & Chong (Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong) --
Maurice Chevalier --
Claudette Colbert --
Gary Cooper --
Bill Cosby --
Billy Crystal --
George Cukor --
Cameron Diaz --
Marlene Dietrich --
Stanley Donen --
Margaret Dumont --
Blake Edwards --
Nora Ephron --
Bobb & Peter Farrelly --
Tina Fey --
Whoopi Goldberg --
Elliott Gould --
Jean Harlow --
Howard Hawks --
Ben Hecht --
Amy Heckerling --
Audrey Hepburn --
Alfred Hitchcock --
Judy Holliday --
Bob Hope --
Edward Everett Horton --
John Hughes --
Jim Jarmusch --
Chuck Jones --
Garson Kanin & Ruth Gordon --
Charlie Kaufman --
Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow --
Stanley Kubrick --
Harry Langdon --
Spike Lee --
Mitchell Leisen --
Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau --
Richard Linklater --
Carole Lombard --
Myrna Loy --
Shirley MacLaine --
Jayne Mansfield --
Dean Martin --
Elaine May --
Leo McCarey --
Joel McCrea --
Lorne Michaels --
Mike Myers --
Mike Nichols --
Jack Nicholson --
Alexander Payne --
Tyler Perry --
Pixar --
Harold Ramis --
Tony Randall --
Samson Raphaelson --
Carl Reiner --
Rob Reiner --
Hal Roach --
Julia Roberts --
Will Rogers --
Paul Rudd --
David O. Russell --
Rosalind Russell --
Winona Ryder --
Morrie Ryskind, Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby, George S. Kaufman, and S. J. Perelman --
Adam Sandler --
Mack Sennett --
Neil Simon --
Kevin Smith --
Steven Soderbergh --
Barbara Stanwyck --
James Stewart --
Whit Stillman --
Meryl Streep --
Barbra Streisand --
Quentin Tarantino --
Frank Tashlin --
The Three Stooges --
Vince Vaughn --
John Waters --
Keenen Ivory Wayans --
John Wayne --
Gene Wilder --
Robin Williams --
Renée Zellweger --
Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker.
Other Titles: History of American film comedy
Responsibility: Saul Austerlitz.

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Looks at American film comedy from Charlie Chaplin to the work of Judd Apatow, covering such legends as W.C. Fields, Billy Wilder, and the Cohen brothers.

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