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The Marx Brothers as Social Critics: Satire and Comic Nihilism in Their Films Paperback – Illustrated, Aug. 7 2009
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- Paperback : 212 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786439424
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786439423
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.12 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : McFarland Publishing; Illustrated edition (Aug. 7 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"still very much a loving tribute to the joy and insanity of The Marx Brothers...always a good sign when a book about movies sends you back to watch them again"--Scarlet; "meticulous scholarship and close analysis"--American Studies; "Martin A. Gardner's new The Marx Brothers as Social Critics book provides new insights and his attention to period detail is a pop culture bonus."--Wes Gehring, film professor at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine.
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The Marx Brothers' films are packed with slapstick and obvious jokes, gags, puns, pratfalls, and mimicry. But beneath the laughs is a serious and biting condemnation of American culture. This book examines historical events, political practices, economic conditions, manners and customs, literary subjects, and popular entertainment as satirized in the films and considers the ways in which the films were relevant in their era and remain so today.
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Brian D. Rodgers
History Lesson Of The Marx Brothers TimesReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2009
I was not real sure about this book when I first saw it. It was excactly what I was hoping for. In the Marx Brothers movies there are scenes and jokes that are not meaningful to this generation (or even a couple before.) The book tells of the times of what was going on in culture of America, things like the Depression and Society. I see it as an informative book helping someone that was not alive in the twenty years the brothers made the films get some inside information. This helps the films become more complete. I learned some things from the book and enjoyed a lot. Thanks for some of the greatest comedy ever Chico, Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo.
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interesting, but it takes itself too seriouslyReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2013
Some interesting observations, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Not every comic bit has to be turned into a hard hitting statement about society.