Another Fine Mess A History of American Film Comedy

ISBN-10: 1556529511
ISBN-13: 9781556529511
Edition: 2010
Authors: Saul Austerlitz
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Charlie Chaplin. Buster Keaton. The Marx Brothers. Billy Wilder. Woody Allen. The Coen brothers. Where would the American film be without them? Yet the cinematic genre these artists represent--comedy--has perennially received short shrift from critics, film buffs, and the Academy Awards. Saul Austerlitz'sAnother Fine Messis an attempt to right that wrong. Running the gamut of film history fromCity LightstoKnocked Up,Another Fine Messretells the story of American film from the perspective of its unwanted stepbrother--the comedy. In 30 long chapters and 100 shorter entries, each devoted primarily to a single performer or director,Another Fine Mess retraces the steps of the American comedy film, filling in the gaps and following the connections that link Mae West to Doris Day, or W. C. Fields to Will Ferrell. The first book of its kind in more than a generation,Another Fine Messis an eye-opening, entertaining, and enlightening tour of the American comedy, encompassing the masterpieces, the box-office smashes, and all the little-known gems in between.

In Images of America: The Dallas Music Scene: 1920s-1960s, longtime collaborators Alan Govenar and Jay Brakefield document this exciting time with rich archival images and build on decades of research. Govenar is an award-winning Dallas-based writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker and is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Documentary Arts. Brakefield is a retired journalist who now lives near Bryan, Texas, and continues to learn and write about music, history, and culture. Govenar and Brakefield are the authors of Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Most Famous Man on Earth
The Camera Man
The Striver
Straight Man and Little Boy
The Marx Brothers: Brothers of Anarchy
The Juggler
�It's All Been Done Before, but Not the Way I Do It�
The Touch
The Cockeyed Caravan
The Picture of Archie Leach
Spencer's Rib
�Nobody's Perfect!�
Funny Blonde
Battle of the Sexless
They're Crazy About Him in France
The Man behind the Masks
Stardom, Revised
Overlapping Dialogue
The 2000-Year-Old Parodist
Hope and Bergman
Rebel Without a Pause
The Return of Sully Sullivan
The Jerk and the Genius
Incredible Shrinking Comic
Just the Usual Comic Inspiration-Frustration, Loss, and Death
The Coen Brothers: Oddball America
The Baron of the Mockumentary
Good Jewish Boys
�A Pretty Nice Little Saturday�
Peter Pans and Frat Brothers
Short Entries
Abbott
Wes Anderson
Jennifer Aniston
Roscoe �Fatty� Arbuckle
Jean Arthur
Fred Astaire
Lauren Bacall
Anne Bancroft
Drew Barrymore
Noah Baumbach
Ralph Bellamy
John Belushi
Humphrey Bogart
Bugs Bunny
Frank Capra
Jim Carrey
Chevy Chase
Cheech
Maurice Chevalier
Claudette Colbert
Gary Cooper
Bill Cosby
Billy Crystal
George Cukor
Cameron Diaz
Marlene Dietrich
Stanley Donen
Margaret Dumont
Blake Edwards
Nora Ephron
Bobby
Tina Fey
Whoopi Goldberg
Elliott Gould
Jean Harlow
Howard Hawks
Ben Hecht
Amy Heckerling
Audrey Hepburn
Alfred Hitchcock
Judy Holliday
Bob Hope
Edward Everett Horton
John Hughes
Jim Jarmusch
Chuck Jones
Garson Kanin
Charlie Kaufman
Diane Keaton
Stanley Kubrick
Harry Langdon
Spike Lee
Mitchell Leisen
Jack Lemmon
Richard Linklater
Carole Lombard
Myrna Loy
Shirley MacLaine
Jayne Mansfield
Dean Martin
Elaine May
Leo McCarey
Joel McCrea
Lome Michaels
Mike Myers
Mike Nichols
Jack Nicholson
Alexander Payne
Tyler Perry
Pixar
Harold Ramis
Tony Randall
Samson Raphaelson
Carl Reiner
Rob Reiner
Hal Roach
Julia Roberts
Will Rogers
Paul Rudd
David O. Russell
Rosalind Russell
Winona Ryder
Morrie Ryskind
Adam Sandler
Mack Sennett
Neil Simon
Kevin Smith
Steven Soderbergh
Barbara Stanwyck
James Stewart
Whit Stillman
Meryl Streep
Barbra Streisand
Quentin Tarantino
Frank Tashlin
The Three Stooges
Vince Vaughn
John Waters
Keenen Ivory Wayans
John Wayne
Gene Wilder
Robin Williams
Ren�e Zellweger
Jerry Zucker
Top 100 American Comedies
Bibliography
Index

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