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The Dialectics of Humor: Russian Silent Comedy

Join ‘The Party’ or join the party? On the lighter side of early Soviet cinema. Let’s face it, Soviet silent cinema isn’t renowned for its sense of humor. And that’s a shame. Most of us were introduced to the silent era of Russian film through the dialectic exercises of Sergei Eisenstein, who combined the intellectual and Read MoreRead More

Bad Johnson – A Film Where a Penis Becomes a Real Boy

In BAD JOHNSON, women are practically throwing themselves at Rich (Cam Gigandet/ “Twilight,” “Easy A”) and he can’t seem to control himself. But he continually blames his penis, which seems to have a mind of its own. After ruining yet another promising relationship with Jamie (Jamie Chung/ “The Hangover II & III”), Rich has finally Read MoreRead More

The Church of Comedy

The director of Wedding Crashers and The Change-Uplearned The Ten Commandments of Directing Comedy through trial and error—not divine inspiration. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DIRECTING COMEDY 1. “KINDA FUNNY” MEANS IT’S NOT WORKING Laughter is binary: It either happens or it doesn’t. As each joke arrives in the course of a film, the cavernous space of the theater Read MoreRead More

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