What's So Interesting?.


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What's So Interesting? A Look at the Roots of Parody It Began With The Greeks… Dionysus, Greek divine force of the regular man, wine, nature, and human/wild driving forces Dramatization started from old celebrations respecting Dionysus (veils, lights, moving, singing)
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What’s So Funny? A Glimpse at the Origins of Comedy

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It All Started With The Greeks… Dionysus, Greek divine force of the regular man, wine, nature, and human/wild motivations Drama began from old celebrations respecting Dionysus (covers, lights, moving, singing) Komoidia implies “the melody of the komos” (common custom frolic) Normal social tenets and restraints put aside

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Three Ages of Greek Comedy Old Comedy ( fifth century BC) Political and social parody; authorize social standards Middle Comedy ( 400-323 BC) Mock reenactment of acclaimed myths New Comedy (320 BC to mid-third century BC) Focus on family, adore, connections

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Old Comedy

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Characteristics Original (not taking into account myths) Outrageous thoughts displayed as conceivable arrangements ( Lysistrata ) Role of the theme noticeable Use of profanity in dialect and motion Purpose: to disparage unmistakable figures without naming names Political and social parody; fiery worry with get-togethers

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Old Comedy: A Serious Edge Scatalogical and vulgar cleverness, yet for a reason: to impact urban philosophy, to give political and social evaluate

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Aristophanes Most understood figure of old satire Wrote more than 40 plays; eleven survive Frogs, Clouds, Lysistrata are three of the most surely understood

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Middle Comedy

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Characteristics Turned from meeting, topical amusingness to fanciful vaudeville (mock reenactments of renowned myths) Less immediate social/political remark More enthusiasm for day by day life Attempts to create characters all the more completely

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New Comedy

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Characteristics Less indecent Focused on family matters with difficulties in affection connections. Affection is an essential subject New Comedy brings into writing. New Comedy focused on ordinary life Genial, gently philosophical impressions of human circumstance

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Focus of New Comedy household circumstances, issues with spouse/wives or especially fathers and children. Enthusiasm for human characters uncovered in an individual’s moral decision Characters are set in troublesome circumstances through their own failings; must make troublesome choices. Characters’ predicaments reflect issues of Athenian culture or Athenian state of mind

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Echoes Today

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Where do we see Old Comedy? Parody Political toons

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Where Do We See Middle Comedy? Parody of conduct Satirizes the behavior and affectations of a social class Much Ado About Nothing

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And New Comedy? Manages connections Most effortlessly meant our general public Romantic comedies (“chick flicks”) Pretty Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, It’s a Wonderful Life

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Subgenres of Comic Film Or, Where the Greeks Led Us

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Comedy of Manners Satirizes the conduct and affectations of a social class Often spoke to by stock characters Plot regularly concerns unlawful relationship or other embarrassment Witty dialog Examples: Importance of Being Earnest , Seinfeld , anything by Noel Coward, “Brit-coms”

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Fish Out of Water Main character(s) in a peculiar environment…for case: Swapping sexual orientation parts ( Tootsie ) Swapping age parts ( Big ) Free soul fitting into organized environment ( Police Academy )

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Parody or Spoof Satirizes other film sorts or excellent movies Uses mockery, stereotyping, joke of scenes from the movies, and so forth. Cases: Blazing Saddles, Airplane!, Young Frankenstein

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Anarchic Comedy Nonsensical, continuous flow diversion Jokes and visual gags—usually illogical conclusions (i.e., irregular stuff happens) Wildly overstated characters and circumstances, infrequently irrelevant to the story Monty Python and the Holy Grail , Marx Brothers, Animal House, Wayne’s World

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Black Comedy Based around regularly forbidden subjects: passing, kill, suicide, war Treats these subjects in a clever manner Includes a component of incongruity (belt sample from Waiting for Godot )

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Romantic Comedy Focuses on improvement of relationship between two individuals Typical plot: kid meets young lady, kid loses young lady, kid gets young lady back Sexual strain and perplexity along the way Generally upbeat closure

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Put Another Way… Old Comedy concentrated on political and social discourse and change. We see it today in parodies (Daily Show, SNL, Simpsons, and so on.)

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Middle Comedy concentrated on expanding enthusiasm for day by day life and character improvement, less enthusiasm for social/political discourse We see it today in comic drama of behavior movies

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New Comedy concentrated on affection, and creating human connections. We see it today in a standout amongst the most pervasive subgenres of comic drama: lighthearted comedy (ro

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