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American Dark Comedy: Beyond Satire
From Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" to Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," Gehring presents a compelling theory of the black comedy film genre. Placing the movies he discusses in a historical and literary context, Gehring explores the genre's obession with death and the characters' failure to be shocked by it. Movies discussed include: "Slaughterhouse Five," "Catch-2," ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 30th 1996 by Praeger
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"Wes Gehring is one of our most prolific and instructive writers on film comedy. His books on Chaplin, Fields, the Marx Brothers, and screwball comedy are indispensable, In this study he places "dark" film comedy--work with grim and violent humor-in the context of "black humor" more broadly, and he takes a closer look at several important examples of the genre." --Lawrence Mintz, "Journal of Popular Film & Television" (1997).