High Comedy in American Movies explores the 'comedy of manners' film throughout the twentieth century, from the advent of movie sound to recent films, and shows how class comedy's inside view of the aristocratic lifestyle has been influenced by the culture and times in which the movies are produced. Easily accessible, this book makes an engaging supplement to courses in American film, film genre, and film studies.
Steve Vineberg is professor in the theatre department at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and author of Method Actors and No Surprises, Please. His movie reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Phoenix, the Threepenny Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Christian Century, as well as many other publications.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1 Europe in Hollywood Chapter 3 2 High Comedy, American Style Chapter 4 3 High Comedy and Social Satire Chapter 5 4 The Poison in the Champagne: What It's Really Like to Be Rich and Famous Chapter 6 5 The Aristocracy of the Hip Chapter 7 6 The Eighties and Beyond Chapter 8 Filmography Chapter 9 Bibliography