By Andrew Horton, Joanna E. Rapf
A wide-ranging survey of the topic that celebrates the diversity and complexity of movie comedy from the ‘silent’ days to the current, this authoritative consultant bargains a world point of view at the well known style that explores all aspects of its formative social, cultural and political context
* A wide-ranging number of 24 essays exploring movie comedy from the silent period to the present
* foreign in scope, the gathering embraces not only American cinema, together with local American and African American, but in addition comedian movies from Europe, the center East, and Korea
* Essays discover sub-genres, performers, and cultural views corresponding to gender, politics, and heritage as well as person works
* Engages with diversified strands of comedy together with slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic
* gains unique entries from a various crew of multidisciplinary overseas contributors
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