Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film
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Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film
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€ 115,00
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9789089649430
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Hardback
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426
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Preface Introduction Overview of Studies on Dutch cinema Like Sharing a Secret Code Three Theories of Humour: FLODDER IN AMERIKA! From ?Jokes? to ?Humour? Chapter 1: Low-Class Comedies A Prostitute and a Chambermaid: WAT ZIEN IK?! (No) Ordinary People: HOGE HAKKEN, ECHTE LIEFDE and SCHATJES! Be Thyself (or Act Like a Person): FLODDER Carnivalesque Forrest Gone Berserk: NEW KIDS TURBO Social ?Ragging? Over-the-top: VET HARD, MOORDWIJVEN, FILMPJE! Long Live ?Sjakie? Chapter 2: Multi-Cultural Comedies The Joie de Vivre of the Right-Wing: VOX POPULI Strategic Ambiguity: ALLEEN MAAR NETTE MENSEN 100% Halal: HET SCHNITZELPARADIJS Primal Dutch: SHOUF SHOUF HABIBI! DUNYA & DESIE as a Dutch Road Movie Kebab Sutra: RABAT Flouting Moral Rules Chapter 3: From ?Kind-hearted? Comedies to Neurotic Romances Feel-good Tragedies: KOMEDIE OM GELD and CISKE DE RAT Playful Parallel Editing: FANFARE Bergman ?Light?: DORP AAN DE RIVIER and MAKKERS STAAKT UW WILD GERAAS Sticks of Satay in the Theater: EEN ZWOELE ZOMERAVOND and TUSSENSTAND Pursuits of Happiness: ALLES IS LIEFDE and ALLES IS FAMILIE Free-floating Irony: DE GELUKKIGE HUISVROUW and GOOISCHE VROUWEN Post-Feminism: PHILEINE ZEGT SORRY Women Who Know Too Much Epilogue: A Note on Tolerance Chapter 4: Deliberate Camp A Faggot?s Fairy Tale: THEO & THEO EN DE ONTMASKERING VAN HET TENENKAASIMPERIUM Demy Revisited: DE TRANEN VAN MARIA MACHITA Double Entendres: JA ZUSTER, NEE ZUSTER The Detour of Postmodern Irony: FLORIS Gay Pride: CHEZ NOUS The Risk of Mere Witticism Chapter 5: Humour as an aftermath effect A Discrepancy between Story and Number: BLUE MOVIE A Bohemian Display of Sex and Decay: TURKS FRUIT Once Provocative, Now Obsolete: Pim & Wim Movies Band of Outsiders: CHA CHA Agent Provocateur: 06 and BLIND DATE The Humour of Horror: SINT Chapter 6: Homosocial Jokes Ironic Distance: SPETTERS Homosexual Panic as Baloney: ALL STARS Bonding between a Gay Yup and a He-Man: SIMON Dead Man ?Walking? as a Comedy: DE MARATHON A Wannabe Tarantino Bromance: BROS BEFORE HOS Poetic Homosociality: WILDE MOSSELS Chapter 7: From Ludic Humour to Cosmic Irony A Stilled Form of Catholic Slapstick: DE ILLUSIONIST and DE WISSELWACHTER A Buster Keaton Lookalike on and off the Set: OH BOY! The Brother with a Movie Camera: ZUSJE Play with Ontological Levels: HET ECHTE LEVEN and Mockumentaries Baudelaire?s Ironic Doubling: RENT A FRIEND A Metafictional Joke Played On a Serious Man: OBER A Rom-Com with Peter Pan: AANMODDERFAKKER Chapter 8: From Insubordinate Playfulness to Subversive Irony Ludic Paranoia: DE MINDER GELUKKIGE TERUGKEER VAN JOSZEF KATÚS NAAR HET LAND VAN REMBRANDT A Tongue-in-Cheek Short: BODY AND SOUL Anti-Bourgeois Satire: DE VERLOEDERING VAN DE SWIEPS Buñuelian Desires: DE NOORDERLINGEN Pervaded with Role-Playing: KLEINE TEUN and DE LAATSTE DAGEN VAN EMMA BLANK Middle-of-the-Road Absurdism: DE JURK and GRIMM A Black Horror-Pastiche: BORGMAN Deadpan Irony Chapter 9: From Grotesque Caricature to Grotesque Satire The Grotesque as a Concept A Wannabe Tarantino Caper Movie: BLACK OUT (Not) a Tarantino Dance Movie: NAAR DE KLOTE! Comic Strip Meets Tarantino and Tarkovsky: WEDEROPSTANDING VAN EEN KLOOTZAK Irony of Fate: PLAN C Metafilm as a Vengeful Satire: DE MANTEL DER LIEFDE Fantastic Irony: DE VIERDE MAN Almost Full Circle Conclusion Notes Bibliography Filmography Photo Credits Index of Concepts Index of Titles Index of Names
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Peter Verstraten

Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film

Dutch cinema, when discussed, is typically treated only in terms of pre-war films or documentaries, leaving post-war fictional film largely understudied. At the same time, a "Hollandse school," a term first coined in the 1980s, has developed through deadpan, ironic films like those of director and actor Alex van Warmerdam. Using seminal theories on humour and comedy, this book explores a number of Dutch films using the notion of categories, such as low-class comedies, neurotic romances, deliberate camp, and grotesque satire. With its original approach, this study makes surprising connections between Dutch films from various decades.
Author

Peter Verstraten

Peter Verstraten is Assistant Professor of Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University. His publications include Film Narratology (2009) and Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-war Fiction Film (2016). Together with directors of photography Richard van Oosterhout and Maarten van Rossem, he co-edited Shooting Time (2012), a volume on cinematography. He is a regular contributor to Senses of Cinema.