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What Made Pistachio Nuts?: Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic (Paperback)

Author:  Henry Jenkins
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Learn more about What Made Pistachio Nuts?: Early Sound Comedy and the Vaudeville Aesthetic:

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0231078552
ISBN-13: 9780231078559
Sku: 30032633
Publish Date: 4/16/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  416
Age Range:  26 to UP
 

Lively and highly readable, "What Made Pistachio Nuts?" examines what Henry Jenkins calls the anarchistic tradition of American film comedy. Anarchistic comedies of the 1930s mock the social order and celebrate the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists in a form of clowning that ultimately reestablishes the status quo.Jenkins focuses on well-known films such as the Marx Brothers'' "Duck Soup" and W.C. Fields'' "It''s a Gift, " as well as all-but-forgotten works like "Diplomaniacs, Hollywood Party, So Long Lefty, " and others.

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Lively and highly readable, What Made Pistachio Nuts? examines what Henry Jenkins calls the anarchistic tradition of American film comedy. Anarchistic comedies of the 1930s mock the social order and celebrate the creativity and impulsiveness of their protagonists in a form of clowning that ultimately reestablishes the status quo.

Jenkins focuses on well-known films such as the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup and W.C. Fields' It's a Gift, as well as all-but-forgotten works like Diplomaniacs,Hollywood Party, So Long Lefty, and others. He tracks the careers of the comic stars -Eddie Cantor, Winnie LIghtner, W.C. Fields, Charlotte Greenwood, the Marx Brothers, and Wheeler and Woolsey- as they moved from vaudeville and the New York reviews to Hollywood.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   22
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   Columbia University Press
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