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The last laugh

Author: Ferne PearlsteinRobert EdwardsRenée FirestoneMel BrooksSarah SilvermanAll authors
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : The Film Collaborative, [2016].
Edition/Format:   Video : Beta : Videocassette : Videodisc : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A feature documentary that proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Humor
Named Person: Renée Firestone
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Ferne Pearlstein; Robert Edwards; Renée Firestone; Mel Brooks; Sarah Silverman; Carl Reiner; Gilbert Gottfried; Etgar Keret; Shalom Auslander; Abraham H Foxman; Tangerine Entertainment,; Film Collaborative (Firm),
OCLC Number: 1001466980
Notes: "Inspired by The last laugh: Humor and the holocaust by Kent Kirshenbaum"--End credits.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2016.
Credits: Cinematography, Ferne Pearlstein Ane Etheridge ; editor, Ferne Pearlstein.
Performer(s): Renee Firestone, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Alan Zweibel, Abraham Foxman, David Cross, Shalom Auslander, Deb Filler, Hanala Sagal, Roz Weinman, Jake Ehrenreich, Elly Gross, Etgar Keret.
Description: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Other Titles: Last laugh (Motion picture : 2016)
Responsibility: a Tangerine Entertainment production ; a film by Ferne Pearlstein ; directed and photographed by Ferne Pearlstein ; produced by Ferne Pearlstein [and 4 others] ; written by Ferne Pearlstein, Robert Edwards.

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A feature documentary that proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust off limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects--9/11, AIDS, racism--in a society that prizes freedom of speech? Shot on Super 16mm, "The Last Laugh" thoughtfully weaves together an intimate cinema verité portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone alongside interviews with influential comedians and thinkers ranging from Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried to authors Etgar Keret, Shalom Auslander, and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, as well as archival material ranging from "The Producers" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," to clips of comics such as Louis CK, Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock, to newly discovered footage of Jerry Lewis' never-released film Holocaust comedy "The Day the Clown Cried," to rare footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves. In doing so, "The Last Laugh" offers fresh insights into the Holocaust in a way we haven't seen before.--thefilmcollaborative.org

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