Cruel and Unusual Comedy

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Film historian Steve Massa and film historian/accompanist Ben Model on their series at the Museum of Modern Art, "Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Social Commentary in the American Slapstick Film." The series runs from May 20 through June 1 at MoMA. More information and screening schedule here. Visit the Cruel and Unusual Comedy blog to find out more about the series.


Steve Massa and Ben Model
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Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

I wonder if the "surreal before its time" aspects of these films had more to do with Dadaism than surrealism--the timing fits better.

May. 19 2009 01:26 PM
Richard Williams from Larchmont, NY

Ben and I went through school together in the school band program. I'm still playing my trombone.

May. 19 2009 01:18 PM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

I find the exaggerated feminine gestures that are the hallmark of men "dressing in drag" to be a mocking and even hostile gesture toward women. I'm not sure why being a woman is inherently funny.

What's that about?

May. 19 2009 01:14 PM

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