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  • The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion

  • This excursion into the enchanted comic world of Charlie Chaplin will appeal not just to Chaplin fans but to anyone who loves comedy. Dan Kamin brings
    This excursion into the enchanted comic world of Charlie Chaplin will appeal not just to Chaplin fans but to anyone who loves comedy. Dan Kamin brings a unique insider’s perspective to the subject. An internationally acclaimed comic performing artist himself, he trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his 'scar-nominated portrayal in Chaplin, and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy scenes in Benny and Joon. The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin: Artistry in Motion reveals the inner workings of Chaplin’s mesmerizing art as never before. Kamin illuminates the comedian's incredibly sophisticated visual comedy in disarmingly direct prose, providing new insights into how Chaplin achieved his legendary rapport with audiences and demonstrating why comedy created nearly a century ago remains fresh today. He then presents provocative new interpretations of each of the comedian’s sound films, showing how Chaplin remained true to his silent comedy roots even as he kept reinventing his art for changing times. The book is lavishly illustrated with many never-before-published images of the comedian.
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  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

  • The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely consid
    The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.On the surface the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the teachings of Thomas Aquinas. At the surface level, the poem is understood to be fictional.
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  • High Comedy In American Cinema: Class Humor From The 1920's To The Present (Genre and Beyond: A Film Study Series)

  • High Comedy in American Movies explores the "comedy of manners" film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films,
    High Comedy in American Movies explores the "comedy of manners" film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films, and shows how class comedy's inside view of the aristocratic lifestyle has been influenced by the culture and times in which the movies are produced. Easily accessible, this book makes an engaging supplement to courses in American film, film genre, and film studies.
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  • The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

  • The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely consid
    The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.On the surface the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the teachings of Thomas Aquinas. At the surface level, the poem is understood to be fictional.
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  • Comedy in a Minor Key

  • A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key te
    A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation-and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners-Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of Wim and Marie, a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia. This novella, first published in 1947 and now translated into English for the first time, shows Hans Keilson at his best: deeply ironic, penetrating, sympathetic, and brilliantly modern, an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka. In 2008, when Keilson received Germany's prestigious Welt Literature Prize, the citation praised his work for exploring "the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century, down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications." Published to celebrate Keilson's hundredth birthday, Comedy in a Minor Key-and The Death of the Adversary, reissued in paperback-will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author, a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light.
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  • Slapstick Comedy

  • From Chaplin’s tramp to the Bathing Beauties, from madcap chases to skyscraper perils, slapstick comedy supplied many of the most enduring icons
    From Chaplin’s tramp to the Bathing Beauties, from madcap chases to skyscraper perils, slapstick comedy supplied many of the most enduring icons of American cinema in the silent era. This collection of fourteen essays by prominent film scholars challenges longstanding critical dogma and offers new conceptual frameworks for thinking about silent comedy’s place in film history and American culture. The contributors discuss a broad range of topics including the contested theatrical or cinematic origins of slapstick; the comic spectacle of crazy technology and trick stunts; the filmmakers who shaped the style of early slapstick; and comedy’s implications for theories of film form and spectatorship.This volume is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the origins and continued importance of a film genre at the heart of American cinema from its earliest days to today.
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  • Theosophy in Dante's Divine Comedy

  • 1923. The Divine Comedy is the drama of spiritual evolution. Perhaps there exists no poetical work elaborated with such care and precision, and which
    1923. The Divine Comedy is the drama of spiritual evolution. Perhaps there exists no poetical work elaborated with such care and precision, and which indicates more occult knowledge. In the Divine Comedy Beatrice is the symbol of divine philosophy or revelation, the higher self in man; Virgil represents reason or intellect, the purely human element in the training of the soul. Dante's work is full of theosophical meaning and alludes to many critical beliefs of theosophical students.
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  • Golden Years of British Comedy

  • This collection is a tribute to the greatest British comedians of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Highlighting the classic moments in comedy including rare conc
    This collection is a tribute to the greatest British comedians of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Highlighting the classic moments in comedy including rare concert footage, extended television clips, renowned comedy scenes and seldom seen sitcoms! It's a laugh-a-minute with Britain's zaniest funsters! Featuring classic performances by Tommy Trinder, Jimmy Jewell, Jack Warner, Sandy Powell, Max Miller, George Formby, Terry-Thomas, Arthur Askey, Arthur Lucan & Kitty Mcshane, Flanagan & Allen, The Crazy Group, Haunton Wayne & Basil Radford, Stanley Holloway, Dick Emery, Thora Hird, Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Spike Milligan, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Peter Sellers, The Two Ronnies, John Cleese, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom, Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Marty Feldman, Tony Hancock, and Eric Sykes!
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  • The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov: Laughing Matters

  • Grigorii Aleksandrov’s musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s and ̵
    Grigorii Aleksandrov’s musical comedy films, created with composer Isaak Dunaevskii, were the most popular Russian cinema of the 1930s and ’40s. Drawing on studio documents, press materials, and interviews with surviving film crew members, The Musical Comedy Films of Grigorii Aleksandrov presents the untold production history of the films. Salys explores how Aleksandrov’s cinema preserved the paradigms of the American musical, including its comedic tradition, using both to inscribe the foundation myths of the Stalin era in the national consciousness. As the first major study to situate these films in the cultural context of the era, this book will be essential to courses on Russian cinema and Soviet culture.
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  • Comedy Of Errors

  • Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to e
    Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity—plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter.
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  • Performing Gender and Comedy: Theories, Texts and Contexts (Studies in Humor and Gender #4)

  • Performing Gender and Comedy explores comedy as a place where gender and sexuality, through performance, challenge sexist and heteronormative forces i
    Performing Gender and Comedy explores comedy as a place where gender and sexuality, through performance, challenge sexist and heteronormative forces in Western culture. Contributors investigate the effects of gender, sexuality, sexual identity, race, class, and nationality on humor and comedic performance. Each chapter, distinct in its voice and content, addresses how particular historical periods seem to affect who laughs at what, why, and with what consequences. This volume not only spans a broad range of historical and literary periods, but also engages in a critical conversation with past and present thinkers to articulate the political, cultural, and social effects of comedy.
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  • Comedy Express Presents-B T

  • BT has performed in over 43 states, 3 countries, and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channel's Black Scorpion, to the criti
    BT has performed in over 43 states, 3 countries, and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channel's Black Scorpion, to the critically acclaimed HBO movie Suckers. In an act that crosses all boundaries, BT and his Jerry Lewis-style energy can be seen at any of the many comedy clubs around the country or in any of the different channels of entertainment ranging from commercials to movies.
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  • The Craft of Comedy

  • "a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov" – Oxford Theatre CompanionIn 1939, a yo
    "a work on the art and craft of comedy as important in its own way as works by Stanislavski and Chekhov" – Oxford Theatre CompanionIn 1939, a young, inexperienced actor wrote to a famous actress of his acquaintance, asking for advice on playing comedy. She responded enthusiastically, and they corresponded variously over the next year. The Craft of Comedy, a record of these exchanges, soon emerged as one of the few classic texts in the field of comedy acting.This major new edition takes a brilliant book and makes it better. Editor Robert Barton has devised extensive supplementary material, including:An introduction to the correspondents, the culture of the time, and the evolution of their book;Summaries, definitions, and exercises and practice scenes for readers wishing to explore Athene Seyler’s invaluable advice;Photographs, additional essays by Seyler, and a guide to easily accessed video clips of her performing.Seyler’s lucid guidance, and Barton’s scrupulous editorship, ensure this legendary work’s rightful status is restored: as one of the great practical guides to the craft of comedy, and an essential resource for actors and students of acting.
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  • Comedy Of Errors

  • Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to ea
    Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity-plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter.
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  • The Comedy of Errors

  • Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to ea
    Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity-plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter.
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  • High Comedy In American Cinema: Class Humor From The 1920's To The Present (Genre and Beyond: A Film Studies Series)

  • High Comedy in American Movies explores the 'comedy of manners' film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films,
    High Comedy in American Movies explores the 'comedy of manners' film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films, and shows how class comedy's inside view of the aristocratic lifestyle has been influenced by the culture and times in which the movies are produced. Easily accessible, this book makes an engaging supplement to courses in American film, film genre, and film studies.
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  • Cratinus and the Art of Comedy

  • Cratinus, one of the lost great poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself.
    Cratinus, one of the lost great poets of fifth-century Athenian comedy, had a formative influence on the comic genre, including Aristophanes himself. Using a methodologically innovative approach, Emmanuela Bakola studies the surviving fragments of Cratinus' plays and offers a thorough analysis of the multifaceted art of this poet and his place in the history of comedy. Issues which she addresses include the creation of a poetic personality within a performative tradition of fierce interpoetic rivalry; the play at the boundaries of the comic genre and the interaction with satyr drama and tragedy, especially Aeschylus; stagecraft and dramaturgy; comic plot-construction and characterization; the author's reflection on his immediate political, social and intellectual context. As well as providing insight into Cratinus, her book enriches our understanding of fifth-century Athenian comedy in a dynamic evolving environment.
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  • Comedy Club Shootout V02

  • For the best and brightest of commentary on contemporary American culture. This compendium of comedy features performance styles ranging from subtle r
    For the best and brightest of commentary on contemporary American culture. This compendium of comedy features performance styles ranging from subtle renderings to slapstick monologues by the best comedy artists today.System Requirements:Running Time: 85 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE
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  • Alex Thomas: Straight Clownin (Platinum Comedy Series)

  • The host of the Up In Smoke tour and co-star of the Jamie Fox Show busts out with one hilarious hour of stand-up comedy! Alex Thomas has appeared in D
    The host of the Up In Smoke tour and co-star of the Jamie Fox Show busts out with one hilarious hour of stand-up comedy! Alex Thomas has appeared in Don't Be A Menace To South Central..., The Players Club and The Wash, and been featured on HBO's Def Comedy Jam.
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  • Tales from the Script - The Behind-The-Camera Adventures of a TV Comedy Writer

  • Two questions that people ask television comedy writers repeatedly are: "How do you guys ever think them up?" and "Is writing for a television sho
    Two questions that people ask television comedy writers repeatedly are: "How do you guys ever think them up?" and "Is writing for a television show anything like it was on the old Dick Van Dyke Show?"Tales from the Script invites you inside the writing rooms and into the writers meetings for such legendary television shows as The Carol Burnett Show, Laugh-In, Mama's Family, Welcome Back Kotter, Three's Company, the variety shows of Bill Cosby and Tim Conway. You'll also be part of the planning, preparation, and production of almost all of the Bob Hope Specials, including his Christmas shows entertaining America's troops around the world. As a reader, you'll step onto the stage with the writing teams to accept "your" Emmy for "Outstanding writing in a Comedy-Variety Series." You'll also know what it feels like to be nominated, but have to sit in the audience and try to look gracious while another team steps up to accept the award.After reading Tales from the Script, you'll be able to answer for yourself whether it was anything like the old Dick Van Dyke Show or not. As to the second question - "How do you guys ever think them up?" - you'll discover...well...you'll probably discover, as most comedy writers already have, that nobody knows the answer to that question. Foreword by Jim Nabors!
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