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Currents of comedy on the American screen : how film and television deliver different laughs for changing times

Author: Nicholas Laham
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book analyzes the evolution of comedy, defining five distinct periods and discussing the dominant comedic trends of each: screwball comedies, offering distraction from the Great Depression; suspense comedy, reflecting America's darker worldview during World War II; 1950s battle-of-the-sexes comedy; the shift from the physical, exaggerated comedy of 1950s to more realistic plotlines"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Laham
ISBN: 9780786442645 0786442646
OCLC Number: 277136416
Description: vii, 208 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Laughing during troubled times: the art of screwball comedy --
Film comedy highlights the dark side of American life --
Film and television comedy takes a feminist perspective on American life --
The ultimate reality-based television --
Sitcom? The Dick Van Dyke Show revisited --
The resurrection of suspense comedy since the 1980s.
Responsibility: Nicholas Laham.

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Analyzes the evolution of film and television comedy, defining five separate and distinct periods of this evolution and revealing how each period has been characterized by a dominant trend in film  Read more...

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"a truly exceptional look at comedy and its relation to the audience"--<i>Rogue Cinema.</i>

 
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