The Resource Laughing, screaming : modern Hollywood horror and comedy, William Paul

Laughing, screaming : modern Hollywood horror and comedy, William Paul

Label
Laughing, screaming : modern Hollywood horror and comedy
Title
Laughing, screaming
Title remainder
modern Hollywood horror and comedy
Statement of responsibility
William Paul
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
William Paul's exploration of an extremely popular box office genre - the gross-out movie - is the first book to take this lowbrow product seriously. Writing about "movies that embraced the lowest common denominator as an aesthetic principle, movies that critics constantly griped about having to sit through," Paul examines their unique place in our culture. He focuses on gross-out horror and comedy films of the seventies and eighties - film cycles set in motion by the extraordinary successes of The Exorcist and Animal House. What links these genres together, Paul argues, is their concern with the human body - and all its scatological and sexual aspects. These "films of license," as Paul calls them, embrace "explicitness as part of their aesthetic." Tracing both of these culturally disreputable subgenres back to older traditions of festive comedy and Grand Guignol, Paul finds their precursors in horror films like The Birds and Night of the Living Dead as well as comedies such as M*A*S*H and Blazing Saddles that were produced under Hollywood's then recently liberalized censorship code. Moving on to mass tastes, Paul asserts that American audiences are "not without powers of discrimination." He argues that gross-out movies challenge social tastes and values, but without the self-consciousness of avant-garde art. Through interpretations of classics by Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock, blaxploitation movies, horror films by David Cronenburg and Stanley Kubrick, and comedies starring John Belushi and Bill Murray, Paul establishes gross-out as a true genre - one that "speaks in the voice of festive freedom, uncorrected and unconstrained by the reality principle ... aggressive, seemingly improvised, and always ambivalent."
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Paul, William
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.H6
LC item number
P35 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Horror films
  • Comedy films
  • Sensationalism in motion pictures
  • Sex in motion pictures
  • Violence in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Comedy films
  • Horror films
  • Motion pictures
  • Sensationalism in motion pictures
  • Sex in motion pictures
  • Violence in motion pictures
  • Griezelfilms
  • Komische films
  • Sensationnalisme
  • Violence
  • Sexualité
  • Films d'horreur
  • Films comiques
Label
Laughing, screaming : modern Hollywood horror and comedy, William Paul
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-496) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Venerable vulgarity : Rousing rabble ; A new language ; Dirty discourse ; The greater tradition ; A festive art -- 2. A new old comedy : Animal comedy ; Sex and power ; Outer limits of the inner city ; Bill Murray, anarchic conservative -- 3. Growing pains : Sexual politics ; Politics of the image ; Power without politics -- 4. The case for child abuse : Abusing children ; Possession, regression, rebellion ; The revenge of Oedipus -- 5. Revolting bodies : Menstruation, monstrosity, mothers ; Alien bodies -- 6. Laughing screaming : The comic beat of never-ending terror
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 510 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780231084659
Lccn
93027388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28675468
  • (OCoLC)ocm28675468
Label
Laughing, screaming : modern Hollywood horror and comedy, William Paul
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [431]-496) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Venerable vulgarity : Rousing rabble ; A new language ; Dirty discourse ; The greater tradition ; A festive art -- 2. A new old comedy : Animal comedy ; Sex and power ; Outer limits of the inner city ; Bill Murray, anarchic conservative -- 3. Growing pains : Sexual politics ; Politics of the image ; Power without politics -- 4. The case for child abuse : Abusing children ; Possession, regression, rebellion ; The revenge of Oedipus -- 5. Revolting bodies : Menstruation, monstrosity, mothers ; Alien bodies -- 6. Laughing screaming : The comic beat of never-ending terror
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 510 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780231084659
Lccn
93027388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28675468
  • (OCoLC)ocm28675468

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