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Class, language, and American film comedy - Christopher Beach

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Title
Class, language, and American film comedy
Author
Christopher Beach
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20020211

This book examines the evolution of American film comedy through the lens of language and the portrayal of social class. Christopher Beach argues that class has been an important element in the development of sound comedy as a cinematic form. With the advent of sound in the late 1920s and early 1930s, filmmakers recognized that sound and narrative enlarged the semiotic and ideological potential of film. Analyzing the use of language in the films of the Marx Brothers, Frank Capra, Woody Allen and the Coen brothers, among others, Class, Language, and American Film Comedy traces the history of Hollywood from the 1930s to the present, while offering a new approach to the study of class and social relationships through linguistic analysis.

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"...a solid text that should be appealing to most humorists, film critics, linguists, rhetoricians, educators, and a general public interested in the history of film comedy." - Humor, William B. Covey, Slippery Rock University

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Comedy films - United States - History and criticism.|Social classes - United States.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
256

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