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  1. Comic Violence : from Commedia dell' Arte to Contemporary Cinema

    QuellenartElektronische Volltexte & Multimedia>>Hochschulschriften>>
    UrheberCarpenter, Ian
    Verleger University of Toronto
    Umfang 314 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmgenre; Filmanalyse; Comedy
    Beschreibung A comic view of violence involves a shift in moral view that requires an alleviation of concern or a temporary freedom from moral constraints. The semi-taboo nature of the moral action of comedic violence necessitates its moral coding. The joke or punch-line of a joke direct'Comic Violence: From Commedia dell' Arte to Contemporary Cinema,' Ph.D.s the audience toward a comic interpretation of the events before them, while the comic coding and/or comic world of the violent gag enables the violence to be interpreted or received with Iaughter. By examining the entirety of this detailing of reception codes we can see that the butts of comedic violence have travelled in focus from the easily removed, distanced other (ostracised by race, appearance and behaviour), to victims uncomfortably identified with the audience. This shift mirrors and activates to some extent the evolution of the genre from classic to parody to critique. However, despite these changes the abiding goal and mechanism of
    comedic violence remains the same. Violent comedy is a pressure-releasing game of moral chicanery. In comedic violence, particularly its more recent self-conscious manifestations, one can witness an audience probing, even searching, for limits and moral boundaries that receive group confirmation.
    Often this probing is searching for a shared (through laughter) denial of the stringency of societal morality. But with this probing there is the reassuring re-establishment of a more lenient but also more solid moral boundary. Thus comedic violence uses thresholds of humour to re-affirm social taboos.
    Self-reflexive commentary is most often achieved through the disruption of the moral game-playing of comedic violence. In a near reversal of the purpose and effects of comic coding, self-reflexive comedic violence effectively pulls the morally protective rug out from under the audience. This shocking removal of moral protection leaves the audience suddenly aware of the moral gamne-playing inherent in comedic violence and thus implicates their desires within the comic process. Self-reflexively violent comic films and plays support and effectively prove by their success the central tenet of this thesis - namely that for an audience, comedic violence is a comic release that is shrouded in moral deception, placation and dishonesty by the cornedian." (Information des Anbieters)
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