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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Comic Mind” – Gerald Mast

Back Cover of The Comic Mind

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I: Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories
1. Comic Structures
2. Comic Thought
3. Comic Films—Categories and Definitions
Pt. II: Primitives
4. Jests, Tricks, and the First Comic Personalities
5. Mack Sennett
Pt. III: Chaplin and Keaton
6. Chaplin: From Keystone to Mutual
7. Chaplin: First Nationals and Silent Features
8. Chaplin: Sound Films
9. Keaton
Pt. IV: Other Silent Clowns
10. Harold Lloyd
11. Harry Langdon
12. More Fun Shops
Pt. V: Sound Comedy
13. Sound and Structure
14. Ernst Lubitsch and René Clair
15. Jean Renoir
16. The Dialogue Tradition
17. The Clown Tradition
18. The Ironic Tradition
The Case for Comedy
Notes
Selective Bibliography
Appendix A: Distributors of Comic Films
Appendix B: Photo Credits
Index

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“A great book by Gerald Mast on the art of comedy, the history of comedic actors and films. This is a must read for any film major, director or filmmaker looking to work in the genre of comedy. Plus it’s just a darn good read.”
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Pierre Etaix – Excerpt from Q & A – NY Premiere Night for “Le Grand Amour” Film Forum Oct 19th

Watch this interview with Pierre Etaix and then watch his Oscar Winning short below!

                                                             

                               

“ETAIX IS A REVELATION: HILARIOUS, SUBVERSIVE, DEADPAN.”
You can see in his work the seeds of everything we’ve laughed at during the last sixty-plus years.”
– Ken Burns

“A MASTER OF SCREEN COMEDY!
He is every bit as worthy of praise and study as Tati, yet he is all but unknown today.”
– Leonard Maltin

Pierre Etaix on Wikipedia

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