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ERIC Number: ED312707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 13
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Bergsonian Comedy and the Human Machines in "Star Wars."
Roth, Lane
While analyzing humor is difficult, Henri Bergson's concept of comedy (a person acting like a machine) outlined in the classic essay, "Le Rire," in 1900, is probably too narrow a definition. Science fiction film, a genre which has evolved since the publication of Bergson's essay, has also speculated about man and society, often to comment on, and to ameliorate, the human condition. The archetypal antinomy of artifact vs. nature, for Bergson the locus of comedy, is for most science fiction the focus of "angst." Nevertheless, the characters C-3PO and R2-D2 in George Lucas'"Star Wars" demonstrate Bergsonian comic principles primarily through reversal--a machine acting like a person--and sometimes through double reversal--a machine acting like a person acting like a machine. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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