Silent film comedy and American culture / Alan Bilton, Swansea University, Swansea, UK.
- Bilton, Alan
- Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
- Introducing American silent film comedy: Clowns, conformity, consumerism -- A convention of crazy bugs: Mack Sennett and US's immigrant unconscious -- Accelerated bodies and jumping jacks: Automata, mannequins and toys in the films of Charlie Chaplin -- Nobody loves a fat man: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and conspicuous consumption in the US of the 1920s -- Dizzy Doras and big-eyed beauties: Mabel Normand and the notion of the female clown -- Consumerism and its discontents: Harold Lloyd and the anxieties of capitalism -- Buster Keaton and the American South: The first things and the last -- The shell-shocked silence: Langdon, repetition-compulsion and the first World War.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-236) and index.
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