14. Comedy

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch14

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Comedy, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch14

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • comedy;
  • tragedy, comedy, and melodrama - elemental genera, subforms of culturally-encoded specific differences;
  • tragedy, man's attempt in getting it together - true to himself, reaching beyond the bounds;
  • comedy, its opposite an image of man as finite - boundaried, fragmented and limited;
  • censorship's throttle, and freedom - representing any deviation, no matter how horrid or vulgar;
  • protagonist, a non-hero adept at repetitively heaping on the inanity - or an antihero, mustering resistance to no avail;
  • Black comedy, cutting the material of melodrama - to comedic form, dispensing with melodrama's over-the- top Sturm und Drang;
  • War, savaged in The Americanization of Emily (MGM, 1964) - Chayefsky's sharper version of William Bradford Huie's 1959 novel;
  • No Way to Treat a Lady (P, 1968), playwright John Gay's - luridly humorous go at the Oedipal mother–son dynamic;
  • parody, an affectionate shafting of cinematic manners and mores - not social ones as in social satire


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Black Comedy

  • Farce

  • Parody

  • Social Satire

  • Romantic Comedy

  • Family Comedy

  • Fantasy Comedy