Sounding Funny: Sound and Comedy Cinema (Genre, Music & Sound)

Sounding Funny: Sound and Comedy Cinema (Genre, Music & Sound)

By: Mark Evans (editor), Philip Hayward (editor)Paperback

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Comedy has been a feature of cinema since its inception. From mickey-moused accompaniments to slapstick scenes, ironic musical statements, clever musical allusions and jokes, well-worn sound effects, and even laugh tracks, sound has been integral to the development of the comedy on screen. This volume covers all aspects of sound (including dialogue) and music as they have been utilised in comedy film. The volume looks at various subsets of the 'comedy film' from the post-War period, including black comedy, romantic comedy, slapstick, dialogue comedy, parody and spoofs. This volume aims to explore the way in which music and sound articulate humour, create comedic situations and direct comedic identifications for viewer/listeners.

About Author

Mark Evans is Head of the Department of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University and is co-editor of Perfect Beat - The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture. Philip Hayward has taught film and popular music studies in Australia and the United Kingdom and is Professor and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Southern Cross University, Australia.


1. Sounding Funny: The Importance of Hearing the Joke Liz Giuffre, Independent scholar, and Mark Evans 2. The Soundtrack as Appropriate Incongruity Marshall Heiser, PhD student, Griffith University 3. Trading Places with Mozart Ben Winters, The Open University 4. Parody, Self-Parody and Genre-Parody: Music in The Magnificent Seven and !Three Amigos! Erik Heine, Oklahoma City University 5. Austin Powers: Intentional Music Man Liz Giuffre and Mark Evans 6. Paranormal Product: The Music and Promotion of Ghostbusters Jon Fitzgerald, Southern Cross University, and Philip Hayward 7. Red In Tooth And Lipstick: Music and Sound Design in Lesbian Vampire Killers Claire Butkus, Independent Scholar, and Jon Fitzgerald 8. 'Be a Clown' and 'Make 'Em Laugh': Comic Timing, Rhythm, and Donald O'Connor's Face Jonas Westover, Independent scholar 9. Sound, Comedy and Cinematic Modernism: Kaasua, komisario Palmu! Kimmo Laine and Anu Juva, University of Oulu 10. Spanish film music in the 1940s: Comedy, subversion, and dissident rhythms in the films of Manuel Parada Laura Miranda, Independent scholar 11. An Okinawan Romance: Lyrical Dialogue, Comedy and Music in Nabbie's Love Philip Hayward 12. A Special Flavour: Comic Song Scenes in the Hindi Cinema Gregory D. Booth, University of Auckland 13. Humour Between The Keys: A Detailed Analysis of The Cat Concerto Peter Morris, University of Surrey

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845536749
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 268
  • ID: 9781845536749
  • weight: 648
  • ISBN10: 1845536746

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