Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film

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This title analysis the growth of American comedy film in relation to world events and cultural trends. This book uses large scale social and cultural trends and major world events to analyse the American comedy film. This is a historical and conceptual study discussing the comedy narrative, comic traditions, and role of visual culture. The important innovators of American film comedy and the role of visual technology within cultural politic are discussed, as well as theorists such as Freud, Baudrillard, and Derrida. You can close analysis of two films to illustrate key points in each chapter. It is relevant both to film and cultural studies. It includes chronological treatment of the subject. Films discussed include Zelig, Duck Soup, Team America and Wag the Dog. It covers the work of Buser Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Michael Moore.