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Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence (Jewish Lives) di [Siegel, Lee]
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A trenchant examination of an iconic American figure that explores the cultural and psychological roots of his comic genius

Born Julius Marx in 1890, the brilliant comic actor who would later be known as Groucho was the most verbal of the famed comedy team, the Marx Brothers, his broad slapstick portrayals elevated by ingenious wordplay and double entendre. In his spirited biography of this beloved American iconoclast, Lee Siegel views the life of Groucho through the lens of his work on stage, screen, and television. The author uncovers the roots of the performer’s outrageous intellectual acuity and hilarious insolence toward convention and authority in Groucho’s early upbringing and Marx family dynamics.
The first critical biography of Groucho Marx to approach his work analytically, this fascinating study draws unique connections between Groucho’s comedy and his life, concentrating primarily on the brothers’ classic films as a means of understanding and appreciating Julius the man. Unlike previous uncritical and mostly reverential biographies, Siegel’s “bio-commentary” makes a distinctive contribution to the field of Groucho studies by attempting to tell the story of his life in terms of his work, and vice versa.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1032 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 177
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0300174454
  • Editore: Yale University Press (28 gennaio 2016)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0191TUGFY
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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
1.0 su 5 stelle Meh 20 giugno 2016
Di George Needham - Pubblicato su
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The easiest way to ruin comedy is to psychoanalyze it. This book tries to do that to Groucho. Groucho wins. Skip this and read one of the many useful books about Groucho and his famous siblings.
1.0 su 5 stelle The writer seems to hate him and doesn't think the Marx Brothers are funny 27 giugno 2017
Di Linda H. Jackson - Pubblicato su
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If you are a fan of Groucho (or if you aren't) skip this mess. The writer seems to hate him and doesn't think the Marx Brothers are funny, doesn't get the jokes and goes out of his way to psychoanalyze the humor in the most negative light possible. Overpriced and, more importantly, BORING and pointless.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Aiming for subtle psychology, getting a 1-dimensional person 24 gennaio 2016
Di Jehoshephat - Pubblicato su
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It's a truism of long standing that trying to analyze humor kills the humor (cf. Freud), so Lee Siegel's book doesn't hold any surprises in that direction. Trying to discuss the relationship of a performer (actor, musician, writer, dancer, public speaker, media commentator) with a persona created by that performer is a nightmare of blind alleys, analytic presumptions (presumptions both about the person being analyzed and the method itself of the analysis), wondering in fact who's creating whom, and the real, existential impossibility of nailing down any one-to-one cause and effect in how human beings do what we do, create ourselves internally and present ourselves to the outside world. For me the problems of Siegel's book are his assured presumption that he can get from Julius to Groucho using psychiatric shibboleths that to me are very tired; working on tenuous connections (at least connections tenuous by anything he describes in the text as support); and especially by presenting a rather uni-dimensional version of Julius/Groucho (how many people are uni-dimensional? I've never met one) for which he cherry-picks from particular occasions to stand in for life-long characteristics. The book isn't without interest, but the Groucho depicted here is pretty much a one-note cliché, the comic who wants to be something "higher" but for various reasons can't succeed in that. I wish Siegel had thought about his methodology and his own thinking as he was working on this book.
4.0 su 5 stelle Four Stars 26 gennaio 2017
Di Nick Terran - Pubblicato su
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A little too much useless information overall it was a good read for Groucho fans
1.0 su 5 stelle Boring!!!! 28 febbraio 2017
Di Big AL in NJ - Pubblicato su
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Love groucho but this was boring!!! Don't waste your time or $$$
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