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Comedy in World Cinema

ENGL 294.401
M 2-5:00, Screenings W 3-4:30

The course will be concerned with the nature of comedy, how it is manifested in film and how it encompasses various modes, like: satire, irony, parody and the grotesque. Films screened will be representative of the comic traditions: the slapstick silent comics (Chaplin, Keaton); screwball comedies (Hawks, Capra, Sturges); the French stylists (Rene Clair, Jacques Tati); contemporary American comedies (from the Marx Bros. to Woody Allen); and international comedies (Bunuel, Almodovar, Terry Gilliam). There will be a midterm and final and they will be take home exams.