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ERIC Number: ED082268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 353
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The Comic Mind: Comedy and the Movies.
Mast, Gerald
This book surveys the history of comic films from the beginning of this genre to the present and analyzes the nature of comedy in general and the comic film specifically. The early film makers, especially Keaton, Sennett, and Chaplin, receive detailed attention as originators of the sub-genre of silent comic film. The special characteristics of sound film comedy are also examined in depth. The films of modern artists such as Lubitsch, Clair, Renoir, and Kubrick are used as examples of current trends toward the "clowning" and ironic comic traditions. A statement of "the case for comedy," which sums up the importance of comedy in films and in society, concludes the book. (CH)
Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 4300 West 62nd St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46268 ($5.95)
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