Item Details

Comedy [electronic resource]

TVA Films (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Comedy is the complement of tragedy, and tragedy is one of the oldest forms of ritual in the Western world. However, while tragedy is linked to the sacred, comedy is often linked to the profane and sometimes even the sacrilegious. This program explores comedy, from Aristophanes and Cicero to the Christian ban on humor. The Feast of Fools and Carnival as Christian institutions that celebrate the profane are examined, along with the role of the Fool in the Renaissance court. The work of Rabelais as a Reformation-era text examines satire as a form of social critique and political tool that verges on the blasphemous. Literary figures such as Moliere and more recent icons, such as Charlie Chaplin, are discussed, along with societies like Japan that suppress laughter and consider it subversive.
Release Date
2007
Run Time
53 min.
Language
English
Rating
13 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 14, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Series
Behold Humanity! a Sociological Perspective
The Art of Communicating
Art of Communicating
Contents
  • Why Humans Laugh (5:24)
  • Comedy in Ancient Greece and Rome (2:58)
  • Christian Church Against Laughter (4:30)
  • Revival of Theater and Comedy (1:24)
  • Moliere: Comedy as Social Critique (2:24)
  • Origin of Circus Clowns (4:32)
  • Film: Tradition of Sight Gags and Charlie Chaplin (3:30)
  • Universal Humor (2:50)
  • Laughter: Exclusive to Humans (5:39)
  • Laughter and Good Health (3:09)
  • Laughter as a Social Function (6:20)
  • Commercialization of Laughter (6:59)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c1998.
Publisher no.
  • 10176s Films Media Group
  • 10180 Films Media Group
  • 11166s Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (53 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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