The Comic Mind: Comedy and the Movies

Front Cover
University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 1979 - 369 pages
0 Reviews
Although books on the comedies of the silent era abound, few have attempted to survey film comedy as a whole—its history and evolution, how the philosophical visions of its greatest artists and directors have shaped its traditions, and how these visions have informed both the meaning and manner of their work.

Blending information with interpretation, description with analysis, Mast traces the development of screen comedy from the first crude efforts of Edison and Lumière to the subtlety and psychological complexity of Annie Hall. As he guides the reader through detailed discussions of specific films, Mast reveals the structures, the values, and the cinematic techniques which have appeared and reappeared in comic cinema.

The second edition of The Comic Mind treats the comic developments of the 1970s in terms of the traditions of film comedy set forth in the first edition, including a discussion of the evolution of Jacques Tati and the emergence of Mel Brooks and Woody Allen as the two greatest American comic stylists of the seventies.

"The most comprehensive study of film comedy yet written in English. . . .The book's extensive index with references to companies from which 16mm prints of many of the cited films may be rented will be of great value to the film teacher and audiovisual librarian."—Choice
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

I
3
Comic Thought
14
Comic FilmsCategories and Definitions
20
Jests Tricks and the First Comic Personalities
31
Mack Sennett
43
CHAPLIN AND KEATON
59
First Nationals and Silent Features
85
Sound Films
105
SOUND COMEDY
197
Sound and Structure
199
Ernst Lubitsch and Rene Clair
206
Jean Renoir
232
The Dialogue Tradition
249
The Clown Tradition
280
The Ironic Tradition
320
The Case for Comedy
338

Keaton
125
OTHER SILENT CLOWNS
147
Harold Lloyd
149
Harry Langdon
165
More Fun Shops
179
V
180
Notes
343
Selective Bibliography
346
appendix a Distributors of Comic Films
349
appendix b Photo Credits
351
Index
353
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information