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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 Comedy of Errors (Oxford Shakespeare Series)

  • A Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest play yet one of his most popular comedies. Here is a new modern-spelling edition, based on the 1623 Folio
    A Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest play yet one of his most popular comedies. Here is a new modern-spelling edition, based on the 1623 Folio text with on-page commentary and notes that explain meaning, staging, language and allusions. A detailed and informative introduction describes the play's first performance at Gray's Inn in December 1594, its multiple sources and its uneven critical and theatrical history. Appendices include the complete text of the play's main source, Plautus' Menaechmi, and extracts from Gesta Grayorum and the Geneva Bible. Illustrated with production photographs and related art, this edition vividly brings to life Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. "Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement
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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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  • Slapstick Comedy

  • Slapstick comedy and its cast of film stars-Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton among them-has long been viewed as c
    Slapstick comedy and its cast of film stars-Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton among them-has long been viewed as central to the early formal development of narrative cinema generally, and of American cinema in particular. This new volume in the AFI Film Readers series presents 14 essays exploring the enduring debates and questions surrounding slapstick's role in the origins of cinema, as well as its place in movies today. A star-studded group of international film scholars discuss a broad range of topics including the contested theatrical or cinematic origins of slapstick, the links between comic spectacle and modernity, slapstick in a global context, and comedy's implications for theories of film form and spectatorship.
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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 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 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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  • 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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  • Combat Comedy Tours

  • Combat Comedy Tour takes us on a road-trip with the USO visiting the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, with stopovers in Kuwait and Dubai for relaxation
    Combat Comedy Tour takes us on a road-trip with the USO visiting the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, with stopovers in Kuwait and Dubai for relaxation. Featuring standup-comedy routines by Richard Villa (MTV, MunDos) as well as interviews with the troops on and off duty, including personal greetings to their families back home. A classic look at, when soldiers at war, take time off to laugh.
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  • The Divine Comedy Of Dante

  • This epic poem, The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri is considered by many to be the greatest lyric composition ever written. "Comedy" is used here i
    This epic poem, The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri is considered by many to be the greatest lyric composition ever written. "Comedy" is used here in its classical sense--to indicate a story which begins in suspense and ends well. We start out with the author gone astray in a dark wood and assaulted by metaphorical agents of spiritual adversity. He is saved by Virgil who guides Dante through the nine circles of Hell down to the center of the earth where Satan is held restrained. They then ascend to the Mountain of Purgatory and climb the seven terraces which correspond to the seven deadly sins. The culmination of this journey is the Garden of Eden beyond which Virgil cannot go because, as a pagan, he is a permanent resident of Limbo, the first circle of Hell. Beatrice, fashioned from a woman Dante loved and lost, becomes Dante's second guide. She steers him through the nine spheres of Heaven from where Dante reaches a place beyond physical existence and comes face-to-face with God who grants him comprehension of the Divine and human nature. When we look deeper into the journey, we see a complex analysis of the progress of each individual soul toward God and mankind's progress toward peace on earth.
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  • Comedy Clubs in the United Kingdom: Rock 'n' Rant, Komedia, Jongleurs, the Glee Club, the Comedy Store, the Free Beer Show

  • Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a mi
    Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Rock 'n' Rant, Komedia, Jongleurs, the Glee Club, the Comedy Store, the Free Beer Show, Laughing Cows Comedy, Outside the Box Comedy Club, Xs Malarkey, East Dulwich Comedy. Excerpt: Rock 'N' Rant is a non-profit organisation located in the Medway Towns to promote independent British musicians and comedians who may otherwise find it hard to secure gigs. At this time, the organisation has been running for two years and has promoted many acts both local and not-so-local. Rock 'N' Rant was founded in August 2004 by Brad Harmer, Ronnie Warner and Graham Burr to help promote local bands and comedians in the Medway club-circuit. Harmer and Burr, friends since Grammar School, were both competent stand-up comedians who felt stifled by the local scene while Warner was a multi-talented musician. The initial seeds were sown as they worked together in a company called Xchanging, processing insurance policies. This historic discussion led to a plan for a single gig, named "Rock n' Rant" and punctuated in the style of Guns N' Roses. The first gig was performed on Friday, the 6th August 2004 in the basement of The Command House in Chatham. Brad Harmer headlined the gig, with support from Heavy metal band Ionika and comedy-rock band The One Ronnie. and Some Other Bloke. The P.A. System was borrowed from Brad
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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 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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  • 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 Of Dante

  • This epic poem, The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri is considered by many to be the greatest lyric composition ever written. "Comedy" is used here i
    This epic poem, The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri is considered by many to be the greatest lyric composition ever written. "Comedy" is used here in its classical sense-to indicate a story which begins in suspense and ends well. We start out with the author gone astray in a dark wood and assaulted by metaphorical agents of spiritual adversity. He is saved by Virgil who guides Dante through the nine circles of Hell down to the center of the earth where Satan is held restrained. They then ascend to the Mountain of Purgatory and climb the seven terraces which correspond to the seven deadly sins. The culmination of this journey is the Garden of Eden beyond which Virgil cannot go because, as a pagan, he is a permanent resident of Limbo, the first circle of Hell. Beatrice, fashioned from a woman Dante loved and lost, becomes Dante's second guide. She steers him through the nine spheres of Heaven from where Dante reaches a place beyond physical existence and comes face-to-face with God who grants him comprehension of the Divine and human nature. When we look deeper into the journey, we see a complex analysis of the progress of each individual soul toward God and mankind's progress toward peace on earth.
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  • Comedy Central Presents: Southern Gents of Comedy

  • Steve McGrew,Otis Lee Crenshaw,Vic Henley, DVD - Pan & Scan,Comedy Central, Running Time: 01:24:00 ***Usually ships within 24 hours*** 2014092601013
    Steve McGrew,Otis Lee Crenshaw,Vic Henley, DVD - Pan & Scan,Comedy Central, Running Time: 01:24:00 ***Usually ships within 24 hours*** 20140926010132283
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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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