About Comedy Films

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About Comedy Films

Our exam topic is based on Comedy films. Comedy is very individual and

subjective. Comedy is inherent, different audiences find different

things funny. Recently we had just seen a movie called, "There's

Something about Marry," starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. This is

a prime example of a comedy film.

Comedy Films "make me laugh" - they elicit laughter from the audience.

Comedies are light-hearted dramas, designed to amuse and provoke

laughter. The comedy genre exaggerates the situation, the language,

action, and characters. Comedies observe the deficiencies, foibles,

and frustrations of life, providing merriment. Providing a momentary

escape from day-to-day life, they usually have happy endings, although

the humor may have a serious or pessimistic side.

There are many different kinds or forms of comedy, including:

The characters that generally play or act in comedy films are accident

prone men/women. An example of this is Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson). He

has had many television programmes series and films released, which

show us this. This particular comedy is called Slapstick. This is

comedy with broad, aggressive, physical action, including harmless or

painless cruelty and violence, horseplay, and sight gags, e.g., a

custard pie in the face, collapsing houses, a fall in the ocean, a

loss of trousers or skirts, runaway crashing cars, people chases, etc.

The term slapstick was taken from the wooden sticks that clowns

slapped together to promote audience applause. It was typical of

Laurel and Hardy.

Another type of comedy, sub genre is verbal comedy; this was

classically typified by the cruel verba...

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... divided into sub genres. Each with there own conventions. For example

funny things shall happen in a serious situation. The institutions of

a film, is basically all about who makes the film. What techniques do

they use to persuade audiences to see the film?

The point of a storyline is to make people laugh. It does not have to

be realistic. Comedy films exaggerate and perform silly acts to make

the film funny. To break the VERSIMILLITUDE actors are aware that they

are in a comedy film. They are not supposed to take comedy films

seriously. In some situations we would not be allowed to laugh in the

real world. In films we can break the society's rules. I feel that's

why people enjoy them so much. As we can laugh at other peoples

expenses and tragedies. The camera is telling you where to laugh at,

and what to laugh at.

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