Kinds of American Film Comedy: Six Core Genres and Their Literary Roots (Paperback)

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Kinds of American Film Comedy: Six Core Genres and Their Literary Roots (Paperback)

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This groundbreaking film study begins with a survey of American print humorists from eras leading up to and overlapping the advent of film--including some who worked both on the page and on the screen, like Robert Benchley, Will Rogers, Groucho Marx and W. C. Fields. Six comic film genres are identified as outgrowths of a national tradition of Cracker Barrel philosophers, personality comedy, parody, screwball comedy, romantic comedy and dark comedy. Whether it is Mark Twain or a parody film involving Steve Martin, comedy is most often about blowing "raspberries" at the world, and a reminder you are not alone.
Wes D. Gehring is a distinguished professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column "Reel World." He is the author of 40 film books, including biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise, Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476688992
ISBN-10: 1476688990
Publisher: McFarland and Company, Inc.
Publication Date: January 31st, 2024
Pages: 242
Language: English