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  Comedy film information - Search.com
A comedy film is a film laced with humor or that may seek to provoke laughter from the audience.
A comedy of manners film satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters.
Screwball comedies, such as produced by Frank Capra, exhibited a pleasing, idealised climate that portrayed reassuring social values and a certain optimism about everyday life.
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 Screwball comedy film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most acknowledge that the screwball comedy had stragglers through the late 1940s and 1950s, but the onset of World War II and the end of the Great Depression undermined some of the themes so necessary to the genre.
This stylistic device did not originate in the screwballs (although it may be argued to have reached its zenith in screwball comedy), but can be found in many of the old Hollywood Cycles including the gangster film, journalism, romantic comedies, and others.
Various later films are considered by some critics and fans to have revived elements of the classic era screwball comedies.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Screwball comedies
Most acknowledge that the screwball comedy had stragglers through the late 1940s and 1950s, but the onset of World War II and the end of the Depression undermined some of the thematic codes that acted as a spine to the genre.
Screwball comedies were launched in the mid-1930s, and established their place after the advent of film sound and the social disturbances of the Depression.
Screwball comedies were characterized by social satire, comedic relief through zany, fast-paced and unusual events, sight gags, sarcasm, screwy plot twists or identity reversals, and precisely-timed, fast-paced verbal dueling and witty sarcastic dialogue - blending the wacky with the sophisticated.
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 Comedy film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A comedy film is a film laced with humor or that may seek to provoke laughter from the audience.
A comedy of manners film satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters.
Screwball comedies, such as produced by Frank Capra, exhibited a pleasing, idealised climate that portrayed reassuring social values and a certain optimism about everyday life.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Comedy_film   (2594 words)

  
 Comedy Films
Comedy was ideal for the early silent films, as it was dependent on visual action and physical humor rather than sound.
Comedy was transformed, however, and began to be refined as an art form, with new themes, elements, and written characterizations, and comedic humor was now being derived from clever dialogue.
Their comedy was a mixture of slapstick, sophisticated verbal comedy (often absurd and risque), zany anarchistic disrespect for the establishment, nonsensical action, and inspired buffoonery.
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 Screwball comedy film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As a result, the description "screwball comedy" has continued to beused even when a better descriptor would be slapstick comedy film or situation comedy film.
Most acknowledge that thescrewball comedy had stragglers through the 1940s and 1950s, but the onset of World War II and the end of the Depression undermined some of the thematic codes that acted as a spine to the genre.
The screwball comedies always depicted a couple who were destined to complete each other but had adifficult time getting together.
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 Screwball comedy film 1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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 Comedy in Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
romantic comedies: This subgenre of the comedy concentrates on the emotional attraction of a couple in a consistently lighthearted manner, typically drawing attention to a peculiar or awkward social predicament.
screwball comedies: A subgenre of the comedy film that emphasizes a fast-talking verbal gymnastics, displacing the sexual energy of the drama into barbed verbal exchanges between men and women and usually redirecting the comic focus from the individual clown to the heterosexual couple.
slapstick comedies: A subgenre of the comedy film that emphasizes humorous stunts, physical actions, and gags.
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 Screwball comedy film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As result the description "screwball comedy" has continued be used even when a better descriptor be slapstick comedy film or situation comedy
Most acknowledge that the screwball had stragglers through the 1940s and 1950s the onset of World War II and the end of the Depression undermined some of the thematic codes acted as a spine to the genre.
Various later films are considered by some to have revived elements of the classic screwball comedies.
www.freeglossary.com /Screwball_Comedy_Film   (535 words)

  
 Screwball Comedy - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Screwball Comedy, genre of American motion-picture comedy of the 1930s.
Comedy, major dramatic genre that is intended to amuse, as suggested by the derivation of the word from the Greek word komos (revel).
- comic film: a film, especially a Hollywood comedy of the 1930s, featuring the amusing antics of appealing characters in a glamorous world.
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 Screwball Comedy
The film critic James Agee described the essence of Laurel and Hardy’s comedy as the scene in which the two are moving a piano across a narrow suspension bridge in the Alps, and halfway across they meet a gorilla.
It was applied to films where everything was a juxtaposition: educated and uneducated, rich and poor, intelligent and stupid, honest and dishonest, and most of all male and female.
Although screwball characters move in an elegant world, where even a simple bathroom appears to be the center of their universe, they may still whack one another over the head, but while The Three Stooges use sledgehammers, screwball characters use silver chafing dishes, and the like—weapons of the upper class.
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 Comedy Films
Comedies usually come in two general formats: comedian-led (with well-timed gags, jokes, or sketches) and situation-comedies that are told within a narrative.
It was typical of the films of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, W. Fields, The Three Stooges, the stunts of Harold Lloyd in Safety Last (1923), and Mack Sennett's silent era shorts (for example, the Keystone Kops).
Screwball comedies, a sub-genre of romantic comedy films, was predominant from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s.
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 Comedy Movies Wallpapers
The plot of the comedy is often concerned with an illicit love affair or some other scandal, but is generally less important than its witty dialogue.
Films of this nature stem from a theatrical history of anarchic comedy on the stage.
There is no consensus definition of this film style, and it is often loosely applied to slapstick or romantic comedy films.
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 Seattle Film Institute
We think of great directors as having singular and original visions, yet American films became a potent force in the world thanks to genres such as the Western, the Screwball Comedy, film noir, the Thriller, the Epic, and the Musical -films that got made as a set of agreements between filmmakers and audiences.
Originality would seem to be beside the point in these films, yet many of our greatest filmmakers such as Howard Hawks, John Ford, Frank Capra, Orson Welles, and Alfred Hitchcock worked brilliantly in different genres and managed to stamp them with their signatures.
At the core of The Language of Film (A History) is the fundamental concentration on both the individual film and the underlying structure of film and filmmaking.
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 Screwball Home
The screwball, a pitch perfected by Carl Hubble in 1934, is designed to confuse the batter.
Screwballs are like curveballs, but with a reverse wrist action that gives them a spin.
This uniquely American form takes sexual tension and sublimates it into a slapstick comedy of antagonism between a man and a woman who cannot admit their feelings for each other--until they are forced to by circumstances and general zaniness.
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As a bit of a screwball comedy, the film revels in its snarky descriptions of gender differences.
This is fine at first, as the film’s comedy derives from pushing its stereotypes too far.
The way this sort of comedy works is that everybody, screenwriter, director, actors, and audience all agree to accept the characterizations or stereotypes in the film as much larger than life.
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 Screwball Comedy Film Encyclopedia Article @ AlienArtifacts.com (Alien Artifacts)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sentinel," "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" and other...
The fun films are sort of "Indiana Jones" meets '30s screwball comedies.
But there the film never kicks up its heels enough.
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 UNCW Film Studies Department   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To be placed on the film majors’ listserv, send your name, email address, as well as your address and phone number to filmstudies@uncw.edu.
Prerequisite: HST 101 or 102 or HST 103, 201 or 202 or consent of instructor.
Team taught by Todd Berliner (professor of film studies) and Dale Cohen (professor of psychology), this course addresses the processes that occur in spectators’ minds as they watch a movie, from elementary processes (such as the perception of apparent motion) to higher level processes (such as hypothesis forming, narrative comprehension, and the experience of pleasure).
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The bulk of the film is shot in flashback, presented as the...
Synopsis: Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula.
Synopsis: With an insane asylum standing in for everyday society, Milos Forman's 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel is a comically sharp indictment of the Establishment urge to conform.
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 Guardian Unlimited Film | Features | Screwball comedy
The film's most radical departures, though, are a prologue in which Wynant actually appears (he never does in the book) and Nick Charles's solo discovery of Wynant's body, followed by a conventional dinner-party unmasking of the villain.
Inspirations and influences: With its two fast-talking leads, The Thin Man is a pacesetting example of screwball comedy.
The film also turned Hammett into a literary icon, leading to a string of adaptations.
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 American Popular Culture -- FILM
Includes sections on history of film, strong genre introductions, excellent search engine advice, a strong “best films” list with much information, and a variety of other features.
Feminist Film Criticism: The Piano and the Female Gaze.
Important history of the fl independent film industry that has long sought to counter and complicate mainstream Hollywood representations of African Americans.
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 Comedy Gifts, Toys, Collectibles and Memorabilia at Movie Gifts Galore
The plot of the comedy is often concerned with an illicit love affair or some other scandal, but is generally less important than its witty and sometimes bawdy dialogue.
Films of this nature stem from a theatrical history of anarchic comedy on the stage and in street performances.
During the 1930s the silent film comedy was replaced by dialogue from film comedians such as the W. Fields and the Marx Brothers.
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 Welcome to the Seattle Film Institute: Film and Digital Video Production - Screenwriting - Digital Video Editing - ...
American Independent Cinema looks at some early independent films, as well as the works of key outsiders such as John Cassavettes, Steven Soderbergh, and other filmmakers in the U.S. and abroad who turned away from Hollywood's arguably conservative style of telling stories.
Characterized by shadowy scenes in mysterious and corrupt urban underworlds where unwitting tough guys fall for devious femme fatales, Film Noir is one of the great American film styles.
This course explores the rich history of Film Noir (and the closely related Gangster and Detective Film) from its heyday as B-movie entertainment in the 1940s through its critical acclaim in the 1950s and 60s, to its resurgence and revision over the last thirty years.
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 Screwball comedy
Read about screwball comedy in the free online encyclopedia and dictionary.
Most commonly thought of as a cycle in Hollywood romantic comedies, running from the notable year of 1934 (The Thin Man...
Screwball comedy as a genre is just as confusing and unexpected as its namesake.
www.logicjungle.com /wiki/Screwball_comedy   (342 words)

  
 Bright Lights Film Journal | Silent Film
Edwin Thanhouser was the first American studio head who came from legitimate theater, which may explain the company's attention to detail, narrative verisimilitude, and the building of a stock company of the kind that existed in the theater.
Subjects were extremely varied, from period melodramas, mysteries, and social reform films to horror movies and fairy tales.
He made his first films in the mid-1910s, and by 1920 was already creating roles that required him to be armless, legless, crippled, or otherwise deformed.
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 Definition of Screwball Comedy - Ask.com Web Search
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 Gender and Genre in Film
In order to examine the complex relationship between ideas about gender and their representation in film, we will study three film genres that foreground that relationship: the screwball comedy, film noir, and the so-called woman's film (a.k.a.
In the case of the screwball comedy and film noir, we will study two or three classical Hollywood films and one or two contemporary examples.
When possible, I will also put the films on reserve in the library (5th floor, adjacent to computer cluster); you can view the film on one of their machines.
www.wku.edu /~karen.schneider/gendgenre.htm   (904 words)

  
 Media Reference Sources & Information
It is intended to be a source for teachers of art history who are considering showing clips or entire films as part of their presentation of the traditional arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture.
While documentary films are not the big budget films that Hollywood would like, they often have potential audiences that go unrealized.
In our opinion many individuals would be fascinated by the documentary films that are being released and the subjects they cover, but even if a individual becomes interested in documentaries, his or her options are limited in how to explore this interest.
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 Film History: Film and Digital Arts PAVI Courses
This course is a survey of the early history of film aesthetics, technology and the consolidation of Hollywood.
We look at the masterpieces of the American sound film with a focus on genres, including the gangster film, the western, screwball comedy and film noir.
They have the skills and vocabulary required to enter the industry, either as in independent digital entrepreneur or as a participant in an established company.
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