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Author Salmi, Hannu.

Title Historical Comedy On Screen : Subverting History with Humour
Published Bristol : Intellect, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (210 pages)
Contents Front Cover; Preliminary Pages; Contents; Chapter 1: Introduction: The Mad History of the World; PART I: Comedians and Comic Representations; Chapter 2: Buster Keaton's Comedies of Southern History: Our Hospitality and The General; Chapter 3: Comedians and Romance: History and Humour in Kalabalik; Chapter 4: From Ideal Husbands to Berserk Gargoyles: A Survey of Period Comedies Representing the British Past in the 1950s and; Chapter 5: Forms of History in Woody Allen; PART II: No Laughing Matter; Chapter 6: No Laughing Matter? Comedy and the Spanish Civil War in Cinema
Chapter 7: A Killer Joke? World War II in Post-War British Television and Film ComedyChapter 8: 'Holocaust-Nostalgia', Humour and Irony: The Case of Pizza in Auschwitz; Chapter 9: Comedy and Counter-History; Index; Back Cover
Summary In 1893, Friedrich Engels branded history 'the cruelest goddess of all.' This sorrowful vision of the past is deeply rooted in the Western imagination, and history is thus presented as a joyless playground of inevitability rather than a droll world of possibilities. There are few places this is more evident than in historical cinema which tends to portray the past in a somber manner. Historical Comedy on Screen examines this tendency paying particular attention to the themes most difficult to laugh at and exploring the place where comical and historical storytelling intersect. The first schola
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Comedy films -- History and criticism.
Historical films -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1841505226