Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film

Author: Ryan Bishop

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748677828

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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This book uses large scale social and cultural trends and major world events to analyse the American comedy film.
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Performing Marginality

Humor, Gender, and Cultural Critique

Author: Joanne R. Gilbert

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814328033

Category: Humor

Page: 234

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An academic study of stand-up comedy performed by females. This will aid in the understanding of power structures in our society.
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Countervisions

Asian American Film Criticism

Author: Darrell Y. Hamamoto

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566397766

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 317

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Spotlighting Asian Americans on both sides of the motion picture camera, Countervisions examines the aesthetics, material circumstances, and politics of a broad spectrum of films released in the last thirty years. This anthology focuses in particular on the growing presence of Asian Americans as makers of independent films and cross-over successes. Essays of film criticism and interviews with film makers emphasize matters of cultural agency--that is, the practices through which Asian American actors, directors, and audience members have shaped their own cinematic images. One of the anthology's key contributions is to trace the evolution of Asian American independent film practice over thirty years. Essays on the Japanese American internment and historical memory, essays on films by women and queer artists, and the reflections of individual film makers discuss independent productions as subverting or opposing the conventions of commercial cinema. But Countervisions also resists simplistic readings of "mainstream" film representations of Asian Americans and enumerations of negative images. Writing about Hollywood stars Anna May Wong and Nancy Kwan, director Wayne Wang, and erotic films, several contributors probe into the complex and ambivalent responses of Asian American audiences to stereotypical roles and commerical success. Taken together, the spirited, illuminating essays in this collection offer an unprecedented examination of a flourishing cultural production. Author note: Darrell Y. Hamamoto is Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Nervous Laughter: Television Situation Comedy and Liberal Democratic Ideology, Monitored Peril: Asian Americans and the Poltics of Television Representation, and New American Destinies: a Reader in Contemporary Asian and Latino Immigration. Sandra Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
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New Indian Nuttahs

Comedy and Cultural Critique in Millennial India

Author: Kavyta Kay

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9783319978666

Category: Social Science

Page: 88

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This book takes a journey into the new and exciting created by a the wave of Indian comedians today, described affectionately here as the New Indian Nuttahs, and looks at what these tell us about identity, “Indianness”, censorship, feminism, diaspora and millennial India. It provides a unique analysis into the growing phenomenon of internet comedy and into a dimension of Indian popular culture which has long been dominated by the traditional film and television industries. Through a mixture of close textual readings of online comedy videos and interviews with content creators and consumers in India, this book provides a fresh perspective on comedy studies in its approach to a global South context from a sociocultural perspective. As a protean form of new media, this has opened up new avenues of articulation, identification and disidentification and as such, this book makes a further contribution to South Asian, communication, media & cultural studies.
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High Comedy in American Movies

Class and Humor from the 1920s to the Present

Author: Steve Vineberg

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742526341

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

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High Comedy in American Movies explores the 'comedy of manners' film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films, and shows how class comedy's inside view of the aristocratic lifestyle has been influenced by the culture and times in which the movies are produced. Easily accessible, this book makes an engaging supplement to courses in American film, film genre, and film studies.
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Selling the Splat Pack

Author: Mark Bernard

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748685529

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The role of the DVD market in the growth of ultraviolent horror in the 2000s
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Class, Language, and American Film Comedy

Author: Christopher Beach

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521002097

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

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Examines the use of class in the American film comedy, from the 1930s to present.
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Film Comedy and the American Dream

Author: Zach Sands

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135160029X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 170

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Film Comedy and the American Dream is an examination of national identity in the era of the American superpower as projected in popular comedic films that center on issues of upward mobility. It is the story of what made audiences laugh and why, and what this says about the changing shape of the American Dream from the end of the Second World War through the first part of the twenty-first century. Through a combination of narrative and thematic analyses of popular comedic films, contextualized within a dynamic historical framework, the book traces the increasing disillusionment with this central ideology in the face of multiple forms of systemic exclusion. It argues that film comedy is a major component of the discourse surrounding the American Dream because these movies often evoke humor by highlighting the incongruities that exist between the ideals that define this nation versus the actual lived experiences of its citizens.
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We Killed

The Rise of Women in American Comedy

Author: Yael Kohen

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374287236

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 308

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Traces the careers and achievements of comediennes and challenges opinions about why women cannot be effective comedic entertainers, with coverage of celebrities, including Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, and Tina Fey.
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Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings

Essays on Film and Popular Culture

Author: Siegfried Kracauer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520271823

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

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“We know Siegfried Kracauer as a brilliant Weimar essayist, a Frankfurt School fellow traveler, and a pioneering postwar film theorist. This collection of his American writings uncovers fascinating corners of his film and cultural criticism, firmly placing him in the context of the New York Intellectuals as well.”—Peter Decherney, author of Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet.
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Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution

Author: Huw Walmsley-Evans

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317286987

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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At the beginning of the 21st century film criticism was described as in crisis. The decline of print journalism, a series of lay-offs of prominent critics, and the rise of "amateur" reviewing online spurred a conversation about the decline, even death, of film criticism. This discourse flourished in part because film criticism has been little examined in scholarship to date. This book takes a deeper look at film criticism by focusing on its institutional contours. This is achieved through a combination of archival research and interviews with prominent film critics and stakeholders, including Adrian Martin (LOLA), Stephanie Zacharek (Time), Peter Bart (Variety), and Andrew Sarris (The Village Voice). Film Criticism as a Cultural Institution first examines the contemporary crisis conversation surrounding film criticism, comparing this to historical precedents. It then provides what today’s crisis conversation does not: an account of film criticism’s institutional formations. Using primarily U.S. and Australian case studies based on interviews, observation and archival research—as well as accounts from other national schools—the book maps contemporary film criticism. Across various sites, such as publications or online spaces, and organisations, such as film critics circles, it elucidates film criticism’s institutional practices, tasks, comportments, and personae. Looking at the history of conversations about film criticism shows us that "crisis" has always been a leitmotif. While acknowledging the considerable changes and challenges that film criticism faces today, this book situates these within an historical context and proposes an institutional framework that allows us to move beyond crisis discourse. Looking at film criticism in this way allows us to see that the very question of what counts as film criticism is continually contested within an institutional ecology made up of distinctive critical comportments addressed to distinctive audiences.
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A Companion to Film Comedy

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119169550

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 584

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This wide-ranging celebration of the variety and complexity of international film comedy covers work from the days of silent movies to the present on a global scale, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States.
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The Complete History of American Film Criticism

Author: Jerry Roberts

Publisher: Santa Monica Press

ISBN: 1595809228

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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The Complete History of American Film Criticism is a chronicle of the lives and work of the most influential film critics of the past 100 years. From the first movie review in the New York Times in 1896 through the Silent Era, the pre- and postwar years, the Film Generation of the 1960s, the Golden Age of the 1970s, and into the 21st century, critics have educated generations of discriminating moviegoers on the differences between good films and bad. They call attention to great directors, cinematographers, production designers, screenwriters, and actors, and shed light on their artistic visions and storytelling sensibilities. People interested in what the great film critics had to say have usually been shortchanged as to their backgrounds, and just why they are qualified to sit in judgment. Using mini-biographies, placed within a chronological framework, The Complete History of American Film Criticism is the biography of a profession whose cultural impact has left an indelible mark on the 20th century’s most significant art form.
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Violence and American Cinema

Author: J. David Slocum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135204918

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Saturday Night Live, Hollywood Comedy, and American Culture

From Chevy Chase to Tina Fey

Author: J. Whalley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023010794X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

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This book addresses how Saturday Night Live's confrontational, boundary-pushing approach spilled over into film production, contributing to some of the biggest hits in Hollywood history.
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Hollywood in Berlin

American Cinema and Weimar Germany

Author: Thomas J. Saunders

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520914162

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 348

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The setting is 1920s Berlin, cultural heart of Europe and the era's only serious cinematic rival to Hollywood. In his engaging study, Thomas Saunders explores an outstanding example of one of the most important cultural developments of this century: global Americanization through the motion picture. The invasion of Germany by American films, which began in 1921 with overlapping waves of sensationalist serials, slapstick shorts, society pictures, and historical epics, initiated a decade of cultural collision and accommodation. On the one hand it fueled an impassioned debate about the properties of cinema and the specter of wholesale Americanization. On the other hand it spawned unprecedented levels of cooperation and exchange. In Berlin, American motion pictures not only entertained all social classes and film tastes but also served as a vehicle for American values and a source of sharp economic competition. Hollywood in Berlin correlates the changing forms of Hollywood's contributions to Weimar culture and the discourses that framed and interpreted them, restoring historical contours to a leading aspect of cultural interchange in this century. At the same time, the book successfully embeds Weimar cinema in its contemporary international setting.
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Intertextual Encounters in American Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture

Author: Michael Dunne

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879728489

Category: History

Page: 221

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Intertextual encounters occur whenever an author or the author's text recognizes, references, alludes to, imitates, parodies, or otherwise elicits an audience member's familiarity with other texts. F. Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West use the fiction of Horatio Alger, Jr., as an intertext in their novels, The Great Gatsby and A Cool Million. Callie Khouri and Ridley Scott use the buddy-road-picture genre as an intertext for their Thelma and Louise. In all these cases, intertextual encounters take place between artists, between texts, between texts and audiences, between artists and audiences. Michael Dunne investigates works from the 1830s to the 1990s and from the canonical American novel to Bugs Bunny and Jerry Seinfeld.
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Engaging Film Criticism

Film History and Contemporary American Cinema

Author: Walter Metz

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820474038

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

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"Engaging Film Criticism" examines recent American cinema in relationship to its -imaginative intertexts-, films from earlier decades that engage similar political and cultural themes. This historical encounter provides an unexpected and exciting way of reading popular contemporary films. Eclectic pairings include the Schwarzenegger action film "True Lies" with the Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest," as well as the lampooned Will Smith comedy "Wild, Wild West" with Buster Keaton's silent feature "The General." Using a theoretically and historically informed brand of criticism, "Engaging Film Criticism" suggests that today's Hollywood cinema is every bit as worthy of study as the classics."
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Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Cultural Interpretation and Social Intervention

Author: David C. L. Lim,Hiroyuki Yamamoto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136592466

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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This book discusses contemporary film in all the main countries of Southeast Asia, and the social practices and ideologies which films either represent or oppose. It shows how film acquires signification through cultural interpretation, and how film also serves as a site of contestations between social and political agents seeking to promote, challenge, or erase certain meanings, messages or ideas from public circulation. A unique feature of the book is that it focuses as much on films as it does on the societies from which these films emerge: it considers the reasons for film-makers taking the positions they take; the positions and counter-positions taken; the response of different communities; and the extent to which these interventions are connected to global flows of culture and capital. The wide range of subjects covered include documentaries as political interventions in Singapore; political film-makers’ collectives in the Philippines, and films about prostitution in Cambodia and patriotism in Malaysia, and the Chinese in Indonesia. The book analyses films from Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, across a broad range of productions – such as mainstream and independent features across genres (for example comedy, patriotic, political, historical genres) alongside documentary, classic and diasporic films.
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Movies as artifacts

cultural criticism of popular film

Author: Michael T. Marsden,Sam L. Grogg

Publisher: Burnham Inc Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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Essays examine the audiences of movies, the appeal of stars, and the various styles of films in the context of American society and popular culture
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