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A Companion to Film Comedy

Edited by: Andrew Horton and Joanna E. Rapf
eISBN: 9781444338591
Print publication date: 2013

Subject Media Studies » Film Studies

Key-Topics comedy, film

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444338591.2013.x

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A Companion to Film Comedy

From the very dawn of the era of moving pictures, filmmakers from Hollywood to Hong Kong have been playing it for laughs. Yet despite comedy's levity as a form, the legendary French auteur François Truffaut called it ‘by far the most difficult genre, the one that demands the most work, the most talent, and also the most humility’.

This wide-ranging celebration of the variety and complexity of international film comedy covers work from the days of silent movies to the present, and from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States. These specially commissioned essays map the myriad ways that comic films have reflected and influenced history, culture, politics, and social institutions. As well as engaging with different strands of comedy such as slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic, the Companion tackles mixed comic genres, individual performers and directors, and broader topics including gender and social-political issues in comedy. Each subject is placed in its formative social, cultural and political context, while the multidisciplinary international contributors ensure a depth and breadth of perspective.

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Horton, Andrew and Joanna E. Rapf (eds). A Companion to Film Comedy. Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Blackwell Reference Online. 20 February 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781444338591_9781444338591>

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