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When the World Laughs: Film Comedy East and West

William V. Costanzo


This is a book about the intersection of humor, history, and culture. It explores how film comedy, one of the world’s most popular movie genres, reflects the values and beliefs of those who enjoy its many forms, its most enduring characters and stories, its most entertaining routines and funniest jokes. What people laugh at in Europe, Africa, or the Far East reveals important truths about their differences and common bonds. By investigating their traditions of humor, by paying close attention to the kinds of comedy that cross national boundaries and what gets lost in translation, this study le ... More

Keywords: cinema studies, humor, laughter, genre, world cinema, globalism, transnational, history, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190924997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190924997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William V. Costanzo, author
SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Film, Westchester Community College