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Carnevale: Film Comedy as Social Critique

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Humor provides us a wonderfully rich path to opening up what we otherwise avoid talking about as too difficult subjects. While some comedies take a particular issue head-on, such as Dr. Strangelove, in addressing the nuclear madness of the 1950s-60s, others look more to larger social anxieties, such as Sleeper, and our worries about the future. This course will favor those broader issues, looking to several different decades from the 1920s on. Films may include A Nous la Liberté, A Night at the Opera, Adam's Rib, Man in the White Suit, The Stunt Man, and Up and Down. 

Instructor: Michael Grillo
Growing up in a projection booth รก la Cinema Paradiso, Dr. Grillo has taught numerous film theory and history courses, including an annual one revolving around the Camden International Film Festival. He co-founded and co-ran River City Cinema for many years, and has served on the Maine Film Commission.

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