Silent Film Comedy

Silent Film Comedy and American Culture


Cultural Studies
Film and Television Studies
Film History
Performing Arts
American Culture
Regional and Cultural Studies

£53.00 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013)

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SILENT FILM COMEDY AND AMERICAN CULTURE


CULTURAL STUDIES
FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES
FILM HISTORY
PERFORMING ARTS
AMERICAN CULTURE
REGIONAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES

£53.00 (Palgrave Macmillan 2013)

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Bilton’s study of early 20th century American culture interprets the anarchic absurdity of slapstick movies as a form of collective anxiety dream, their fantastical images and illogical gags bypassing rational thought to express the unconscious fears, wishes and concerns of the modern age. Silent film comedy, with its childlike love of the illogical, the destructive and the anti-social, seems to suggest a form of comic revolt against the mechanisation and the uniformity of the machine age, but the book also charts how a new consumer culture sought simultaneously to tame and contain these energies, redirecting them in the service of a newly emergent mass culture. Not just a film history of the silent era, Bilton also provides a provocative and lively engagement with the origins of mass culture, tracing the origins of Hollywood’s dream factory and alongside it the roots of our own irrational, childlike, celebrity-obsessed consumer culture

Bilton raises the important paradox of slapstick: on the one hand, it serves as a subversive tool that attacks social norms, while on the other hand, as comedy, it serves an essentially conservative purpose, restraining excessive activity by redirecting its energy to humor and laughter.
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Alan Bilton’s recent book Silent Film Comedy and American Culture examines how film comedy emerged at a time of social and moral transition in the United States, and established itself both as escapist entertainment but also as an expression of the American collective unconscious.
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  • Name: Silent Film Comedy and American Culture
  • Author: Alan Bilton
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
  • Hardcover ISBN978-1-137-02024-6
  • Softcover ISBN978-1-349-43747-4
  • eBook ISBN978-1-137-02025-3
  • RRP Softcover: £53.00

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  • Name: Silent Film Comedy and American Culture
  • Author: Alan Bilton
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
  • Hardcover ISBN978-1-137-02024-6
  • Softcover ISBN978-1-349-43747-4
  • eBook ISBN978-1-137-02025-3
  • RRP Softcover: £53.00

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Bookstores

Did you know that you can order most titles at any bookstore just by simply providing them with the information above. If they don’t have it in stock they should be happy to order it in for you.

Book Groups

If you are a book group member, you may be able to get a bulk discount. Why not order them directly from the publisher? Direct from Publisher

eRetailers


You can also purchase this title from online retailers worldwide including Amazon