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Hail, Hail, Euphoria!: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, The Greatest War Movie Ever Made (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 1 ott 2010

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“Hail, Hail, Euphoria! is the most lyrical, insightful, scholarly, illuminating and celebratory 144 pages I’ve ever sat down with. This book is a stream of fun.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Roy Blount Jr. knows from humor. In [Hail, Hail, Euphoria!], he sets out to remedy the lack of a scene-by-scene commentary on the Marx Brothers’ greatest movie, the sublimely nonsensical Duck Soup.” (Washington Post)

“An essential read for Marx Brothers fans, those curious about the melding of war and humor in film, and browsers looking for a good read.” (Library Journal)

“Readers will enjoy the stories behind this iconic film and the careers of the Marx Brothers.” (Booklist)

“Roy Blount Jr. deconstructs the Marx Brothers’ magic.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail, Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes.

In Duck Soup, a slim, agile, quick-witted, self-assured young man is summoned to save a nation from financial ruin. As the nation's new president, he brings together a team of rivals, a band of brothers. Those brothers are Pinky, Chicolini, and Lt. Bob Roland. Their leader? None other than Rufus T. Firefly.

The humor and idiosyncratic wit of Duck Soup are saluted by the author's own in this gem of a book, offering a behind-the-scenes tale of show business and brotherhood that only a true Marx Brothers aficionado could tell.

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3.0 su 5 stelle A whirlwind, nostalgic, kaleidoscopic ride through a classic movie. 1 novembre 2010
Di James H. Felder - Pubblicato su
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The moment I saw that this book was just on Duck Soup, I had to check it out. I'm a Marx Brothers fan who all too often finds bios on the boys depressing or dull because the movies I love are such a small snapshot of what their lives were.

Blount at times uses the narrative to ambitiously give a window into the popular culture and the Marx family history and how it influenced what made it to the screen. Other times he uses it for an excuse for Marx and other anecdotes and to wax comically. If you stick too close to expectations you have for the book, it can get tedious or meandering at times. If you take it in the spirit of fun and love the author has for the material, it's a fun quick read that will make you want to revisit the movie (or watch if you've never seen it before).
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3.0 su 5 stelle Too Much Blount, Not Enough Marx 22 gennaio 2011
Di DoctorG - Pubblicato su
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Duck Soup is one of my favorite Marx Brothers movies, which makes it one of my favorite movies period I suppose. And I usually like the writing of Roy Blount Jr. So how could I miss picking up this book? But the book is quite annoying in places, and so left me somewhat disappointed. Blount keeps getting in the way of the genius of the Marx Brothers. There are certainly plenty of interesting tidbits of information, some of which may be unfamiliar even to diehard Marxists. For example, everyone is aware of Harpo's prowess on his namesake instrument, and Chico's piano skills are showcased in most of the movies, but apparently Groucho was just as accomplished musically on the guitar. However, Groucho playing the guitar only occurs in one movie, Horsefeathers, and then as a comedic device. And did you know that Chico's name was actually meant to be pronounced not "Cheeko" as most do, but "Chick-o" because of his woman chasing? Stuff like this makes the book worthwhile, but Blount still grates on the nerves. His imaginary movie dialogue between him and Chico is a particularly egregious example. Blount's ego at least allows him to acknowledge the lameness of the attempt, but still leads him to inflict it upon us. Completely unnecessary, yet painful. So give me more of the background of the brothers and their movies and less Blount and the book gets five stars. As it is I can give it no more than three.
4.0 su 5 stelle Finally a book about Duck Soup 24 maggio 2011
Di Ren Andronico - Pubblicato su
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I have been looking for a book focusing solely on Duck Soup, one of the funniest and most important films every made. This movie is the very best of the Marx Brothers and should be seen by all. Ok, now on to the matter at hand...this book.

This is a fairly light read (I read it in a few hours) and is not the definitive book I prayed for. It's worth reading nevertheless. The author goes through the plot of the movie while also discuss the brothers themselves, the context of the movie, and why this movie is rightly called one of the best war films every made. The book is fairly funny, both because of scenes from the movie quoted and the author's own import.

There are two fairly minor things that I have to mention. First, sometimes the author's attempts at humor falls flat. Second, because I already knew a lot about the Marxes some of the side stories lost my interest. At last one is not a problem if you know little or nothing about the brothers.

So in conclusion, WATCH DUCK SOUP, watch it again, and then get this book if you want to know more about this masterpiece of madness.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Freedonia, Land of the Spree and Home of the Knave 7 aprile 2011
Di James D. Crabtree - Pubblicato su
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Roy Blount's treatise on Duck Soup is fascinating. Blount obviously loves the film and knows quite a bit about it, sharing many aneecdotes in asides as he proceeds to go through the movie almost scene-by-scene. The book is fun because it reads easily (despite some of the puns) and is filled with a lot of humorous observations by the author. Duck Soup, for those who are not familiar with it, is a movie about a country which is literally broke and desperately seeks more money to continue operating. The President, a total incompetent, manages to get his bankrupt country into a war. However, before anyone starts saying that there is a resemblence to someone living or dead I should point out that THIS incompetent president is pretty likeable. Includes several photos but no maps.
5.0 su 5 stelle A commentary track in book form 7 maggio 2016
Di Chris Tackett - Pubblicato su
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A really fun look at a really great Marx Brothers movie. It's like a DVD commentary track in book form. Roy Blount's writing is always enjoyable and always clear.