Synopses & Reviews
Classical Hollywood Comedy applies the recent return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywod comedy, as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in the field. This anthology combines detailed case studies of specific films and filmmakers, with overviews of general theoretical and questions. The book as a whole considers film comedy's roots in other forms of popular culture, its place within industry practice, the shifting relationship to the audience, and its gradual integration into the normative of the studio' film narrative. Within this framework, the book examines the issues of gender and sexuality, neglected by most previous treatments of classical Hollywood comedy, as well as taking on both silent and sound comedy, areas of the genre rarely examined together. The essays offer new insights into canonical figures such as Preston Sturges and Buster Keaton, as well as reflecting new interest in the work of Cecil B. DeMille, Mae West and Jerry Lewis.
Applies the recent return to history' in film studies to the genre of classical Hollywood comedy as well as broadening the definition of those works considered central in this field.
Table of Contents
Golden eras and blind spots / Henry Jenkins and Kristine Brunovska Karnick -- A spanner in the works? / Frank Krutnik -- Comedy, melodrama, and gender / Kathleen Rowe -- Funny stories / Kristine Brunovska Karnick and Henry Jenkins -- Crazy machines in the garden of forking paths : mischief gags and the origins of American film comedy / Tom Gunning -- Pie and chase : gag, spectacle and narrative in slapstick comedy / Donald Crafton -- Responses to "pie and chase" / Tom Gunning -- Commitment and reaffirmation in Hollywood romantic comedy / Kristine Brunovska Karnick -- Acting funny / Henry Jenkins and Kristine Brunovska Karnick -- The Keystone Film Company / Doug Riblet -- The making of a comic star : Buster Keaton and The saphead (1920) / Peter Kramer -- Goin' to town and beyond : Mae West, film censorship and the comedy of unmarriage / Ramona Curry -- The laughing stock of the city : male dread, performance anxiety and Unfaithfully yours / Henry Jenkins -- Comedy and the social world / Kristine Brunovska Karnick and Henry Jenkins -- Divorce, DeMille, and the comedy of remarriage / Charles Musser -- Romantic love and friendship : the redefinition of gender relations in screwball comedy / Tina Olsin Lent -- Queerness, comedy, and The women / Alex Doty.