First, a confession: as a one-time movie fanatic (I have a life now, and watch much less), my favorite films of all time were screwball comedies: Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace, etcetera. So, I bring an enthusiasm for the subject that perhaps the casual reader may not have. Not to worry, this book is much, much more than an ode to Frank Capra and Howard Hawks. It has a depth and breadth far beyond the films we know so well.
In addition to the fascinating story of WHY screwball comedies were made (as an endroute around increasing censorship, creating 'sex comedies without the sex'), and a thorough analysis of the films, stars, directors and movie studios, we get a wealth of very interesting 'back story' information on such varied subjects as remakes, scandals (including several murders), and the effects of World War II on the genre. Finally, there is an in-depth exploration of more modern films carrying on the screwball tradition and of sub-genres within that tradition. Includes a bibliography and an excellent index.
Perhaps a bit pricey for a paperback but, for the film buff, an excellent book for the cost of one DVD. This is a larger, 6" x 9" trade softcover.
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; New edition (30 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786467819
- ISBN-13: 978-0786467815
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
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