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Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003V1WTFE
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Illustrated edition (September 28, 2010)
- Publication date : September 28, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1496 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0061808172
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #679,251 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Blount at times uses the narrative to ambitiously give a window into the popular culture and the Marx family history and how it influenced what made it to the screen. Other times he uses it for an excuse for Marx and other anecdotes and to wax comically. If you stick too close to expectations you have for the book, it can get tedious or meandering at times. If you take it in the spirit of fun and love the author has for the material, it's a fun quick read that will make you want to revisit the movie (or watch if you've never seen it before).
This is a fairly light read (I read it in a few hours) and is not the definitive book I prayed for. It's worth reading nevertheless. The author goes through the plot of the movie while also discuss the brothers themselves, the context of the movie, and why this movie is rightly called one of the best war films every made. The book is fairly funny, both because of scenes from the movie quoted and the author's own import.
There are two fairly minor things that I have to mention. First, sometimes the author's attempts at humor falls flat. Second, because I already knew a lot about the Marxes some of the side stories lost my interest. At last one is not a problem if you know little or nothing about the brothers.
So in conclusion, WATCH DUCK SOUP, watch it again, and then get this book if you want to know more about this masterpiece of madness.
Top reviews from other countries
Considering the state of the world today 'Duck Soup' strikes more of a chord today than it did pre-World War II, in the 1930s, when it was made...if that's possible..?! The human race is moving faster but we've not learnt much...and if you can't laugh at the absurdity what are you going to do?
A grown man remembering too much about a barely remembered film, ranting about some actors long dead? I love it!
That someone actually realised this movie needs a book of its own made me buy it without hesitation.
Furthermore - his style is soooo entertaining. I salute you “hail Roy”! Alas...
Now, in this age of fake news we old boys need to be extra careful about accuracy. Blount annoyed me twice.
As a fellow old boy I've seen enough Woody Allen and Marx material to know it from memory.
But if i were to bind it up so nice I’d get a pretty thorough proof reading. From a fan.
1. Woody is not “Alvy” in Hannah and Her Sisters. He says it about 25 times. Wrong movie!
2. Duck Soup is NOT “the only time in a movie that all four played music together”!! They did so in Monkey Business. Darn!
It ruined my inclination to buy 10 copies and share.
One other thing. Blounts style is remarkably bright and engaging - almost read it in one sitting. But the reviews cited as saying “laugh so hard... hold your laughter... foremost humorist...” exaggerate Blount’s comedy talent almost beyond his subject’s genius. This completely defeats the purpose of the book.
Read it to share the love of the humour, not to pretend he might surpass it. He doesn’t.
And i did love this book; never laughed once.