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    Situational Comedies, or more frequently referred to by their portmanteau, Sitcoms, are largely a product of the minstrelsy's formula for success. After thinking on the topic of stereotypes as a means of entertaining people in theater, I can easily think of many shows that utilize this style of humor to create their characters. In the TV Series "Taxi" Danny DeVito plays exactly what you would imagine of a New York small business owner, he's rude, arrogant, self-centered, but despite all of this, his character is hard to hate. Some of the rest of cast there's the dumb military man, the janitor with a screw loose, the confident snarky New Yorker. Jumping forward a decade to the 90's, the show "Friends" debuts Lisa Kudrow's famous character Phoebe, the ditsy blonde that was nominated for Emmy Awards 6 years in a row. While the series may be more than 20 years old at this point, the fact that it still airs speaks a lot to its success.…

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    mission; hell-bent on growing his ‘company’, he takes to the LA streets and hires a lowly intern (Riz Ahmed) to assist him in Lou’s endeavours to make as much money as possible by capturing horrific incidents. Yet as the film continues, Lou’s progression into insanity and lust for power showcases himself as the true horror… This is Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance of his career to date. With a mixture of Bale’s Bateman (American Psycho), Damon’s Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Robert De…

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    Being There is an excellent, if sometimes cringeworthy, 1979 comedy film based on a 1970 novella of the same title. The plot is centered on a mentally challenged gardener named Chance (Peter Sellers), or Chauncey Gardiner as he is later known, who is evicted from his home and is mistaken for a brilliant visionary after meeting a powerful business mogul who helps him become a famous public figure. While the script often stretches the suspension of disbelief to its breaking point it does lead to a…

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    Screwball Comedy Analysis

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    Screwball is a comedy film that became exclusive during the Great Depression. This film brought laughs and joy to those who watched it, at the time of the Great Depression. Screwball originated in the 1930s and became very popular in the early 1940s. During the time of the Great Depression the demand for social films skyrocketed. Screwball was a form of comedy that allow for victims of the Great Depression to escape from that troubling time. This form of comedy made it safe to discuss things…

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    can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.” In comedy, the only characteristic shared between comedies is their want to make people laugh, and it can be difficult to pull off such a seemingly simple task. As defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary, Category: A class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics. Comedy itself falls into a category as a class of things regarded as having a…

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    “Oh what humour” “Comedy is Australia’s second nature” By Ainya Have you ever heard the saying, Comedy is Australia’s second nature. Well it’s true. Comedy is what Australia lives for. It’s how, we as a nation, survived the war, the great depression and every other terrible thing that has tried to conquer Australia? As American journalist Hugh Sidey once said “A sense of humour is needed armour. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a…

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    Essay On Screwball Comedy

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    The Screwball Comedy Journey Screwball comedy movies crazy, zany, rapid fire dialogue movies. This type of comedy usually centered around a couple (male and female) in which the female dominates and humiliates the male character. A combination of slapstick comedy, battle of the sexes love story, and someone being wronged. The films usually had sexual undertone. Of screwball comedy era I will provide a brief history of screwball comedy films and compare two movies of the top ten movies of that…

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    Screwball Genre

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    Keeping The Faith To The Screwball Genre? The screwball comedy genre was first popularized in the 1930s and considered one of the most successful genres. The genre typically follows two characters, one of which is a screwball and the other is a more serious character. The genre also involves a romance between two characters. The relationship is defined by the women being in a position of control and usually involved some sort of pretending or a lie. The actors are often fast talking and witty.…

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    Capra’s 1934 film. The film explores the idea of relationships formed around the concept of class all while set in the Great Depression. The Production Code idealized American for the sake of the upkeep of morality according to those in favor of censorship. In Capra’s film ideal America cracks with screwball humor, pointing out the absurdity of grown adults behaving in such a restrained manner. It Happened One Night is a classic screwball comedy; however, Capra goes one step further with a film…

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    Another difference between these two films is the relationship portrayed on screen. As discussed in Denby’s article in Common Culture, Knocked Up, and other contemporary comedies, portray a slacker versus striver relationship unlike Adam’s Rib, which is a screwball comedies. In Knocked Up, Ben is the stoner, Canadian, illegal immigrant who lives with __ other unemployed men. In contrast, Allison is put together, and works at E! Denby argues that Adam’s Rib contains more value over Knocked Up…

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