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Author Skweres, Artur, author.

Title Homo Ludens as a comic character in selected American films / Artur Skweres.

Published Cham : Springer, [2017]


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Physical description 1 online resource (111 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Series Second language learning and teaching, issues in literature and culture.
Second language learning and teaching.
Springer Education eBooks 2017 English+International.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction; 1 Comic Character as Homo Ludens; 1.1 Playfulness in American Humor; 1.2 Comedian Comedy; 1.3 Reading Film Comedy as a Game; 1.3.1 Huizinga's Theory of Play; 1.3.2 The Characteristic of Games and Playful Behavior According to Roger Caillois; 1.3.3 The Need for the New Categories of Pragma and Óneiros; References; 2 Agon in Groundhog Day and Feds; 2.1 Theoretical Introduction; 2.2 The Personal Triumph in Groundhog Day; 2.2.1 Phil, the Homo Ludens; 2.2.2 Analyzing Groundhog Day as a Game; 2.2.3 Triumphing Over the Man in Feds; References.
3 Alea in Spies Like Us, Bowfinger, Taking Care of Business, and Brewster's Millions3.1 The Adventures of Spies Like Us; 3.2 Bowfinger's Gambit; 3.3 Taking Care of (Somebody Else's) Business; 3.4 Brewster's Millions: Anything for Love & of Money; References; 4 Mimicry in ¡Three Amigos!, Austin Powers, and HouseSitter; 4.1 Mimicking the ¡Three Amigos!; 4.2 The Private, Oneiric Worlds of Austin Powers and Dr. Evil; 4.2.1 Repetition in Service of the Game; 4.3 Invading Someone Else's Dreams in HouseSitter; References; 5 Ilinx in Rush Hour and Showtime.
5.1 Rush Hour-Ilinx in Service of Fighting Crime5.2 Chan's Ilinx; 5.3 Carter's Ilinx; 5.4 Showtime and the Hypnotic Appeal of the Camera; References; 6 Conclusion.
Summary This book reveals the hitherto critically disregarded ludic elements in popular American comedy films, building on and expanding the theories developed by Johan Huizinga in his classic study Homo Ludens(1938) and Roger Caillois in Les jeux et les hommes (1958). To address the lack of attention paid to the play principle in film comedy studies, this book focuses exclusively on the elements typical of play that can be found in movies. It introduces two new categories describing play: óneiros and pragma, which allow analysis of how play in comedies is influenced by the relations between the player and non-players. The text is supplemented by the use of the author's drawings, which, because of their analytical and selective nature, are used as a tool for visual study. The play principle has a long tradition in American humor and the films examined here were chosen for their popularity and wide appeal, often acting as vehicles for Hollywood stars (e.g. Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Goldie Hawn, Mike Myers, Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker). The actors' status allowed the filmmakers to construct situations in which the protagonists distanced themselves from the fictional situation. It is argued that the playful detachment from reality, typifying many of the fictional characters portrayed by actors with star status, is characteristic of the play principle in film. Another major consideration is the hotly debated notion of the accomplishment of goals in playful activities, and the book strongly supports the position that in narratives, play can (but does not have to) yield important results. The introduction of the categories of óneiros and pragma in play serves to highlight the complex relation between playfulness and practicality in the films discussed. Building on a comprehensive analysis of the ludic elements in selected popular American comedies, the book makes an important contribution to film studies, providing a unique perspective through its focus on the concept of homo ludens as a comic hero.
Other author SpringerLink (Online service), issuing body.
Subject Homo ludens.
Comedy films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Comedy films -- History and criticism.
Comedy films.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-47967-5
ISBN 9783319479675 (electronic bk.)
3319479679 (electronic bk.)