Comedy Films: A Teacher’s Guide (paperback) – Brian Dunbar

96pp   £15.99  ISBN: 1-90366-313-X   2003

Comedy Films: A Teacher’s Guide offers the ideal introduction for teachers of GCSE and AS/A level Film and Media Studies of a style of film-making that offers unique challenges when subject to study in the classroom. In a lengthy introduction, Brian Dunbar identifies generic conventions common to comedy (is it a ‘genre’ as such?) and goes on to consider them in relation to a series of detailed case studies.

The key concepts of Media Studies are addressed through analysis of individual films using a historical narrative structure – from the silent comedy film (Buster Keaton’s The General), through Classical Hollywood ‘screwball comedy’ (Bringing Up Baby), British comedy films (Ealing Studios and The Ladykillers), foreign comedy (Jacques Tati) and contemporary independent American comedy (Rushmore). The author also examines Some Like it Hot and considers its status as ‘the funniest movie ever made’.

With its emphasis on accessible texts, Comedy Films: A Teacher’s Guide will be an invaluable aid for all teachers of GCSE and AS/A level Media Studies and Film Studies.

Brian Dunbar taught English and Media Studies at Lasswade High School Centre, Midlothian and film courses for the University of Edinburgh’s Office of Lifelong Learning. He is the author of Dracula in the York Film Notes series and Goldfinger for Longman’s Ultimate Film Guides.
Introduction / Slapstick, Buster Keaton and The General (1927) / Screwball Comedy: and Bringing Up Baby (1938) / British Comedy: Ealing Studios and The Ladykillers (1955) / Jacques Tati, M. Hulot and Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1952) / Billy Wilder and Some Like it Hot (1959) / Wes Anderson and Rushmore (1998) / Film Comedy Today / Filmography / Bibliography


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