Instructor: Epstein                      Online 

Whether as romance, satire or farce, film comedies have made us chuckle, guffaw and laugh our socks off for more than a century now.  Their composition and targets have become renowned.  The class considers the early comic antics of the Keystone Cops and Charlie Chaplin, the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s, and bold satire of the 60’s and 70’s in such films as M*A*S*H and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as well as discussing and seeing outside of class some of the more contemporary ones. In examining comedic films we will study the nature of comedy and how its various versions tickle our funny bone enough to review our sacred myths and enticing us to see not only our heroes in unlikely ways but even ourselves. We will tackle some of the genres, such as farce, caricature, and parody with such classics as like Dr. Strangelove or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, while investigating how these works of the previous century have set the stage for the works of the 21st. (You may need a box of tissues).