Comedy - Comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. These films are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are generally light-hearted dramas and are made to amuse and entertain the audiences. The comedy genre often humorously exaggerates situations, ways of speaking, or the action and charactersRegular People, but with accidents Idiots occuring around them General Conventions Very Stupid Smart but socially Awkward Fatou Panzout
How it all began….• Comic films began to appear in significant numbers during the era of silent films, roughly 1895 to 1930. The visual humour of many of these silent films relied on slapstick and burlesque. A very early comedy short was Watering the Gardener (1895) by the Lumière brothers. In American film, the most prominent comic actors of the silent era were Charlie Chaplin (although born in England, his success was principally in the U.S.), Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. In his native France and throughout the world, Max Linder was a major comic feature and might qualify as the first true film star.• A popular trend during the 1920s and afterward was comedy in the form of animated cartoons. Several popular characters of the period received the cartoon treatment. Among these were Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and Betty Boop.
Old Fashioned is Best !• "Caddyshack" (1980)• "Young Frankenstein" (1974)• "History of the World: Part I" (1981)• "Life of Brian" (1979)• "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)• "A Night at the Opera" (1935)• "Duck Soup" (1933)• "Blazing Saddles" (1974)• "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" (1999)• "Dumb and Dumber" (1994)
• Action-Comedy Subgenre’s• As it’s names suggests, this sub-genre combines action with humor. Action-Comedy relies on the characters to bring out the humor, while the action scenes tend to be less intense than in the traditional action movie.• Examples: Beverly Hills Cop, Rush Hour, Hot Fuzz.• Black-Comedy• Black Comedy is a sub-genre of both Comedy and Satire. These films often explore concepts and topics that are considered taboo. Black Comedy takes topics and situations that are commonly held as serious and explores them in a comical way. Because of this approach, Black Comedies often cause the audience to laugh and feel uncomfortable simultaneously.• Examples: Fargo, Harold and Maude, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.• Horror-Comedy• Horror-Comedy combines comedy with traditional horror movie themes and characters. Because of the subject matter, Horror-Comedy films can cross over into the Black Comedy sub-genre. Horror-Comedy films aim to scare the audience, but also provide comical outlets that let the audience laugh at their fear.• Examples: Beetlejuice, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead.• Dramedy• Dramedy film is a genre that has a dramatic tone, yet has important elements of comedy. In Dramedys, the amount of drama and comedy are almost equally balanced. This balance provides comedic relief for the audience, while still addressing serious issues.• Examples:Little Miss Sunshine, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation.
Hybrids• Sci-fi comedy• Sci-fi comedy films, like most hybrid genre of comedy use the elements of science fiction films to over the top extremes and exaggerated science fiction stereotypical characters. Popular examples of these types of films include Back to the Future, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, Evolution, Innerspace, Galaxy Quest, Mars Attacks!, and Men in Black.• Military comedy• Military comedy films involve comic situations in a military setting. When a film is primarily about the experience of civilians called into military service and being trained, it may be referred to as a "service comedy". Military and service comedies include:• Buck Privates• Carry On Sergeant• Catch-22• the Flagg and Quirt series• the Francis (1950 film) series