The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin

Author: Ethan de Seife

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819572411

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Frank Tashlin (1913–1972) was a supremely gifted satirist and visual stylist who made an indelible mark on 1950s Hollywood and American popular culture—first as a talented animator working on Looney Tunes cartoons, then as muse to film stars Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, and Jayne Mansfield. Yet his name is not especially well known today. Long regarded as an anomaly or curiosity, Tashlin is finally given his due in this career-spanning survey. Tashlinesque considers the director’s films in the contexts of Hollywood censorship, animation history, and the development of the genre of comedy in American film, with particular emphasis on the sex, satire, and visual flair that comprised Tashlin’s distinctive artistic and comedic style. Through close readings and pointed analyses of Tashlin’s large and fascinating body of work, Ethan de Seife offers fresh insights into such classic films as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Girl Can’t Help It, Artists and Models, The Disorderly Orderly, and Son of Paleface, as well as numerous Warner Bros. cartoons starring Porky Pig, among others. This is an important rediscovery of a highly unusual and truly hilarious American artist. Includes a complete filmography.

Essential Cinema

On the Necessity of Film Canons

Author: Jonathan Rosenbaum

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801878404

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 445

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Argues for a canon of film that is not exclusively Western and goes beyond purely aesthetic considerations.

Frank Tashlin

Author: Roger García,British Film Institute

Publisher: British Film Institute


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

View: 9329


Cheerful Nihilism

The Films of Frank Tashlin

Author: Ethan R. de Seife

Publisher: N.A


Category: Animated films

Page: 328

View: 5164


Fifty Hollywood Directors

Author: Suzanne Leonard,Yvonne Tasker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317593936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 406

View: 881

Fifty Hollywood Directors introduces the most important, iconic and influential filmmakers who worked in Hollywood between the end of the silent period and the birth of the blockbuster. By exploring the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which each director was working, this book traces the formative period in commercial cinema when directors went from pioneers to industry heavyweights. Each entry discusses a director’s practices and body of work and features a brief biography and suggestions for further reading. Entries include: Frank Capra Cecil B DeMille John Ford Alfred Hitchcock Fritz Lang Orson Welles DW Griffith King Vidor This is an indispensible guide for anyone interested in film history, Hollywood and the development of the role of the director.


UCLA Film and Television Archive

Author: UCLA Film and Television Archive

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Publisher: Smithsonian


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 317

View: 8816

Examining such early '60s solo works as The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, and The Patsy, Krutnik explores the ways in which Lewis both dismantled the conventions of film comedy and manipulated the codes of his public identity. Charting the decline of Lewis's film career and his simultaneous rise to fame as the emotional powerhouse of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, the author also traces Lewis's attempt to create a serious, adult image to replace that of the aging 'kid'"--BOOK JACKET.

Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of World Cinephilia

Author: Jonathan Rosenbaum,Adrian Martin

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 9780851709833

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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In contrast to any talk of "the death of the cinema", this title pronounces the art form alive and well, and still developing in new and unforeseen directions. Using transnational discussions and debates, it shows why the idea of cinephilia is just as relevant today as it ever was.

The Poetics of Slumberland

Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit

Author: Scott Bukatman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520951506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

View: 6622

In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic possibility, and the life of images in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman begins with Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland to explore how and why the emerging media of comics and cartoons brilliantly captured a playful, rebellious energy characterized by hyperbolic emotion, physicality, and imagination. The book broadens to consider similar "animated" behaviors in seemingly disparate media—films about Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh; the musical My Fair Lady and the story of Frankenstein; the slapstick comedies of Jerry Lewis; and contemporary comic superheroes—drawing them all together as the purveyors of embodied utopias of disorder.