Parody as Film Genre: Never Give a Saga an Even Break (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture)

Parody as Film Genre: Never Give a Saga an Even Break (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture)

Wes D. Gehring


Parody is the least liked of all movie comedy genres and gets little severe realization, even between movie lovers. This research elevates parody to mainstream importance. A historic assessment locations the style in context, and a couple of uncomplicated parody elements, which greater outline the style and have fun its price, are tested. Parody is differentiated from satire, and the 2 parody kinds, conventional and reaffirmation, are defined. Chapters examine the main spoofed style in American parody historical past, the Western; pantheon participants of yankee movie Comedy resembling The Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Mae West, and Laurel and Hardy; pivotal parody artists, Bob desire and Woody Allen; Mel Brooks, whose identify is usually synonymous with parody; and eventually, parody within the Nineties. movies mentioned comprise Destry Rides back (1939), the line to Utopia (1945), My favourite Brunette (1947), The Paleface (1948), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance child (1969), Blazing Saddles (1974), younger Frankenstein (1974), sizzling pictures! half Deux (1993) and Scream (1996).

This exam of parody will attract students and scholars of yank movie and movie comedy, in addition to these attracted to the explicit comedians mentioned and the Western style. Gehring's paintings also will discover a position in American popular culture stories and sociological reports of the interval from the Nineteen Twenties to the Nineteen Nineties. The booklet is punctiliously documented and contains a chosen bibliography and filmography.

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