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Author : Peter Seely
ISBN : 9780786429202
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 83.60 MB
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In the world of slapstick comedy, few are more beloved than the Three Stooges. Throughout their 190 short films, they consistently delivered physical, verbal and situational comedy in new and creative ways. Following the trio from outer space to ancient Rome, this volume provides an in-depth look at their comedy and its impact on twentieth century art, culture and thought. This analysis reveals new insights into the language, literary structure, politics, race, gender, ethnicity and even psychology of the classic shorts. It discusses the elements of surrealism within the Stooges films, exploring the many ways in which they created their own reality regardless of time and space. The portrayal of women and minorities and the role of the mistake in Stooges' works are also addressed. Moreover, the book examines the impact that the Columbia Studios style and the austerity of its Short Subjects Department had on the work of the Three Stooges, films that ironically have outlasted more costly and celebrated productions.
Category: Performing Arts

Superman On Film Television Radio And Broadway

Author : Bruce Scivally
ISBN : 9780786431663
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First introduced in a 1938 comic book, Superman has since become an iconic character in American entertainment. This complete history covers Superman's appearances in film and television, from the 1941 introduction of the first Superman cartoon to the 2006 live-action film Superman Returns. The book includes several rarely seen photographs of the actors who have brought Superman to life for over seven decades, including Clayton "Bud" Collyer, Kirk Alyn, George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Multiple appendices provide a complete listing of Superman-related books and websites, along with a comprehensive list of the cast and characters featured in Superman films, television shows, and radio programs since 1941.
Category: Literary Criticism

Two For The Show

Author : Lonnie Burr
ISBN : 0595003001
Genre : Performing Arts
File Size : 77.88 MB
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Two for the Show outlines and gives examples of team comedy in the twentieth century in all media: stage, film, radios, TV, records, tapes, cassettes, and CDs. The book is unique in covering the comedy teams of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Since 1982, there have been no new comedy teams. The only changes have been separate career credits (Jerry Stiller, Seinfeld, Dick Martin, TV Director) and the demise of the team comedians.
Category: Performing Arts

The Get Over Yourself Self Help Book And Other Essays

Author : Sylvia Shawcross
ISBN : 1462060854
Genre : Humor
File Size : 81.50 MB
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The Get-Over-Yourself Self-Help Book and Other Essays presents a collection of vignettes, narratives, and rants that detail the often absurd business of getting on with life. In an attempt to aspire to a so-called higher life, many of us fear both death and youth, reaching for perfection through the latest technical gadgets that encourage us to cling to preconceived notions of ourselves and to define ourselves through a text message. But is that really any way to truly live? Baby boomer columnist and curmudgeon Sylvia Shawcross believes that satirists have a purpose in this world—to help others to laugh at the absurdity of life. In her second compilation of humorous reflections, Shawcross begins with a hilarious recounting of the frustrating chain of events that occur when she attempts to replace a broken remote at the electronics store and continues with a series of lighthearted essays where she reveals the unconventional and often wacky behavior of those she encounters daily. From the reasons behind rampant consumerism to the forced reprogramming behind ten-digit dialing, Shawcross contemplates issues of global importance while encouraging all of us to wake up and smell the high-priced latté—for sadly, as she says, this is just how it is. The Get-Over-Yourself Self-Help Book and Other Essays provides an eye-opening, amusing glimpse into the mind of a curmudgeon in all her unabashed glory.
Category: Humor

Beyond Duality

Author : Laurence Galian
ISBN : 1561840769
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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This is a book of magick. It contains many treasures that have long lain hidden or unappreciated. Here you will find techniques to utilise magickal equilibrium for spiritual growth, personal power, and success. In part it is directed toward practitioners of Western Mystery Traditions, Qabalah, Chaos Magick, Ceremonial Magick, Wicca and Shamanism who want to expand their knowledge of the field. But it is really for everyone who wishes to bring balance and unity to their lives.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Behind The Three Stooges

Author : Jack White
ISBN : 1882766008
Genre : Performing Arts
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Jules, Jack and Sam White directing careers spanned silents through talkies and into the age of television.
Category: Performing Arts

The Ages Of The Flash

Author : Joseph J. Darowski
ISBN : 9781476635668
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 88.25 MB
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While many American superheroes have multiple powers and complex gadgets, the Flash is simply fast. This simplicity makes his character easily comprehendible for all audiences, whether they are avid comic fans or newcomers to the genre, and in turn he has become one of the most iconic figures in the comic-book industry. This collection of new essays serves as a stepping-stone to an even greater understanding of the Flash, examining various iterations of his character—including those of Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen—and what they reveal about the era in which they were written.
Category: Literary Criticism

Stooges Among Us

Author : Lon Davis
Genre : Performing Arts
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In this paparazzi-inundated world, it's hard to imagine that there was a time when genuine movie stars were accessible to members of the public. That was certainly the case in the 1970s with surviving members of the Three Stooges comedy team. Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly-Joe DeRita and Joe Besser routinely corresponded with their young admirers, invited them into their homes, and forged genuine friendships. Stooges Among Us is a record of these unique relationships told in the words of the fans themselves. Also sharing their insights are Stooges' family members, colleagues and close personal friends. Leonard Maltin, the renowned film critic and historian, provides the foreword to this often candid, always affectionate tribute. Here you will gain a back-stage pass to vaudeville theatres, movie sets, television studios and even a high school auditorium which featured performances by "The Boys." You will be there for touching, personal moments, as well as hilarious antics in which life mirrors the on-screen Stooge personas. Containing never-before published photographs and interviews with the Stooges, this is an unexpected treasure that will be read and re-read by classic comedy fans of all ages.
Category: Performing Arts