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Silent Film Comedy and American Culture / Alan, Bilton

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Swansea University Author: Alan, Bilton

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This absorbing study of early 20th Century American Culture interprets the anarchic absurdity of slapstick movies as a form of collective anxiety dream, their fantastical images and illogical gags bypassing rational thought to express the unconscious fears, wishes and concerns of the modern age. Sil...

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Published: Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan 2013
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