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Comic Mind Comedy and the Movies

ISBN-10: 0226509788
ISBN-13: 9780226509785
Edition: 2nd (Reprint)
Authors: Gerald Mast
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Although books on the comedies of the silent era abound, few have attempted to survey film comedy as a whole--its history and evolution, how the philosophical visions of its greatest artists and directors have shaped its traditions, and how these visions have informed both the meaning and manner of their work. Blending information with interpretation, description with analysis, Mast traces the development of screen comedy from the first crude efforts of Edison and Lumiegrave;re to the subtlety and psychological complexity of Annie Hall. As he guides the reader through detailed discussions of specific films, Mast reveals the structures, the values, and the cinematic techniques which have appeared and reappeared in comic cinema. The second edition of The Comic Mind treats the comic developments of the 1970s in terms of the traditions of film comedy set forth in the first edition, including a discussion of the evolution of Jacques Tati and the emergence of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen as the two greatest American comic stylists of the seventies. "The most comprehensive study of film comedy yet written in English. . . .The book's extensive index with references to companies from which 16mm prints of many of the cited films may be rented will be of great value to the film teacher and audiovisual librarian."--Choice

Introduction
Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories
Comic Structures
Comic Thought
Comic Films--Categories and Definitions
Primitives
Jests, Tricks, and the First Comic Personalities
Mack Sennett
Chaplin and Keaton
Chaplin: From Keystone to Mutual
Chaplin: First Nationals and Silent Features
Chaplin: Sound Films
Keaton
Other Silent Clowns
Harold Lloyd
Harry Langdon
More Fun Shops
Sound Comedy
Sound and Structure
Ernst Lubitsch and Reneacute; Clair
Jean Renoir
The Dialogue Tradition
The Clown Tradition
The Ironic Tradition The Case for Comedy
Notes
Selective Bibliography
Distributors of Comic Films
Photo Credits
Index

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