The Marx Brothers as Social Critics: Satire and Comic Nihilism in Their Films Illustrated Edition

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ISBN-10: 0786439424
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“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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  • Publisher : McFarland; Illustrated edition (August 5, 2009)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 218 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0786439424
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0786439423
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches
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