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Assault on Society : Satirical Literature to Film - Donald W. McCaffrey

Assault on Society

Satirical Literature to Film

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1992
ISBN: 9780810825079
Number Of Pages: 293

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Assault on Society explores over four decades of satirical and dark comedy films, a genre that has been examined only piecemeal before. Since many of these were adapted from novels and dramas, McCaffrey concentrates on literature transformed to the screen. Some works of the genre attack society's defects with the intent to change them, or at least to make us aware of them. If change seems impossible, the absurdist tone of the work has therapeutic value, as in the case of Dr. Strangelove, Catch-22, Day of the Locust, or A Clockwork Orange. Tom Jones and The Horse's Mouth feature picaresque protagonists and expose hypocrisy, blindness, and pretense. The legacy of dark humor and satire from the 60s and 70s lives on in the movies of the 80s and 90s.

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Delivers a solid overview of the tradition of satire in our culture. McCaffrey has gone to particular effort to research pre-production scripts and other archival material when available...details prove helpful in pointing out exactly how a director portrayed satiric intent and how the final result relates to the original literary source. * Film Quarterly * ...a firmly-founded study...Essential reading for serious students of film...[McCaffrey] is dealing with material closest to his heart. This book is his richest work. * Grand Forks [Sd] Herald * ...a great topic and a glance at it makes me confident about the treatment. * Institute For Cinema and Culture, University Of Iowa * ...deftly organized...the analysis...is lucid and compelling...An immensely readable work that whets the intellectual curiosity for more on the subject. * CHOICE * Delivers a solid overview of the tradition of satire in our culture. McCaffrey has gone to particular effort to research pre-production scripts and other archival material when available...details prove helpful in pointing out exactly how a director portrayed satiric intent and how the final result relates to the original literary source. Film Quarterly ...a firmly-founded study...Essential reading for serious students of film...[McCaffrey] is dealing with material closest to his heart. This book is his richest work. Grand Forks [Sd] Herald ...a great topic and a glance at it makes me confident about the treatment. Institute For Cinema and Culture, University Of Iowa ...deftly organized...the analysis...is lucid and compelling...An immensely readable work that whets the intellectual curiosity for more on the subject. CHOICE

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Birth Pangs of Film Satirep. 1
Death for Profit and Graveside Humorp. 12
War and Holocaust for Some Painful Laughterp. 36
Corrupt and Crumbling Institutionsp. 68
Sex, Love, and Other Misalliancesp. 103
Rogues, Con Men, Madmen, and Assorted Deviantsp. 128
Wayward Youth and the Floundering Familyp. 160
Fable, Fantasy, Parody, and Outrageous Lampoonsp. 195
The Satirical Tradition Continuesp. 232
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780810825079
ISBN-10: 0810825074
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 293
Published: 1st April 1992
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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