A wide-ranging collection of 24 essays exploring film comedy from the silent era to the present. International in scope,essays explore sub-genres, performers, and cultural perspectives such as gender, politics, and history in addition to individual works. Engages with different strands of comedy including slapstick, romantic, satirical and ironic.
With sharp, uncompromising logic and eye-opening insight, Niv analyzes the film and its script scene-by-scene to show why Life is Beautiful is very far from being the innocent, charming, and heartwarming film it appears to be.
Laughing Dead by Cynthia J. Miller (Editor); A. Bowdoin Van Riper (Editor)
In The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland, editors Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper have compiled essays on the comic undead that look at the subgenre from a variety of perspectives. Spanning virtually the entire sound era, this collection considers everything from classics like The Canterville Ghost to modern cult favorites like Shaun of the Dead.