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Mockumentary comedy : performing authenticity

Author: Richard Wallace, (Film teacher)
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: Palgrave studies in comedy.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is the first to take comedy seriously as an important aspect of the popular mockumentary form of film and television fiction. It examines the ways in which mockumentary films and television programmes make visible--through comedy--the performances that underpin straight documentaries and many of our public figures. Mockumentary Comedy focuses on the rock star and the politician, two figures that regularly  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Wallace, Richard.
Mockumentary comedy.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
(OCoLC)1023537217
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wallace, (Film teacher)
ISBN: 9783319778488 331977848X
OCLC Number: 1044746303
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 226 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1: The Fine Line between Stupid and Clever: An Introduction; Spaghetti; Mockumentary Definitions; Early History; Recent History; The Field; Mockumentary and Comedy; Mockumentary and Performance; Structure; References; Part I: Music; Chapter 2: Acting Naturally: Performing The Beatles; Establishing a Viewing Mode; Negotiating Success 1: Parodying Situation; Negotiating Success 2: Comic Self-Performance; Deconstructing the Four-Headed Monster; The Paradox of Self-Performance; References. Chapter 3: Parodying Performance in This Is Spinal TapDocumentary and Comedy: Competing Registers; Parody and Spinal Tap; Parody and Performance; Spinal Tap: Disrupting the Rockumentary Canon; References; Chapter 4: Best in Show: Christopher Guest as a Mockumentary Auteur; Intertextuality; Character and Tone; Aesthetic Shift; Conclusion; References; Part II: Politics; Chapter 5: 'The Day the PM Joined The Thick of It': The Mockumentary and New Labour; The 2010 UK General Election and the Mockumentary; The Thick of It and the New Labour Government; Satirising Spin; Alison Jackson; References. Chapter 6: Campaigning for Authenticity in the Post-Truth EraAuthenticity and Politics; Tanner'88: Authenticity in the 'Post-Truth' Age; Veep: A Politics of Ambiguity; The Political Mockumentary in a World of 'Fake News'; References; Chapter 7: Conclusion: Digital Mockumentary; Next Steps; References; Media References; Filmography; Teleography; Radiography; Internet Videos; DVD Documentaries; Index.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in comedy.
Responsibility: Richard Wallace.

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