Keyword : Comedy
An appreciation of one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, the Three Stooges, detailing their long career and influence on future generations of comedians.
Can a film be a serious, violent police drama, and be funny? At time very funny.
An analysis of how Jacques Tati contrasts the modern and the vernacular in architecture to sculpt social satire.
An updating of Henri Bergson's theory of comedy, which argues that it makes the theory a better fit to contemporary film comedy.
The coming together of two great minds on film comedy, Arthur Koestler takes on Henri Bergson.
A detailed application of philosopher Henri Bergson's comic theory on Jacques Tati's masterpiece, Les vacances du Mr. Hulot. Be forewarned: some of this will not be funny!
A book review of two recent studies of film comedy, Hollywood Romantic Comedy: States of the Union 1934-65 by Katharina Glitre and Tears of Laughter: Comedy-drama in 1990s British cinema by Nigel Mather.
Why were Americans seemingly more ready to accept Borat than Bruno (at least as the box-office showed)? Is an aggressive gay man who pokes fun at America just too hot to handle?
Jacques Tati's comic world, and comic philosophy, as expressed through the world of microcosm and 'democratic' film style..
Garrett discusses what he sees as a change (largely for the better) in male intimacy in a group of recent male buddy films.
An analysis of some factors that continue to make Chaplin such an enduring comedian.
Review of the Severin Films DVD release of the sequel to Screwballs, Loose Screws: Screwballs 2.
A review of the Severin Films DVD release of Screwballs, which they refer to as the "Citizen Kane of high school sex comedy!"
A book review essay of the BFI's modern classic series on The Big Lebowski.
Relying on secondary sources and an in-depth formal analysis, author Richard Wallace takes a plunge into defining the ineffable: the Lubitsch Touch.
A close textual analysis of Elie Suleiman’s Chronicle of a Disappearance which demonstrates how the director's understanding of form informs the complex political landscape of the everyday Palestinian experience.
An in-depth analysis of David Lynch's animated series Dumbland that convincingly argues for its likeness to Dadiast art and Absurdist drama.
Review essay of Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World which concentrates on issues of National and cultural identity.
A review essay of Maddin's most recent docu-short on Roberto Rossellini.
A comparative analysis of social/political meaning in Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant and Busby Berkeley and Mervyn Le Roy's Golddiggers of 1933.