The Fun Factory: The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture
by Rob King
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Paperback Book Details
- 355 Pages
- Illustrated in B&W
- Released: December 10, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Publisher: University of California Press
Description by OLDIES.com:
From its founding in 1912, the short-lived Keystone Film Company--home of the frantic, bumbling Kops and Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties--made an indelible mark on American popular culture with its high-energy comic shorts. Even as Keystone brought "lowbrow" comic traditions to the screen, the studio played a key role in reformulating those traditions for a new, cross-class audience. In The Fun Factory, Rob King explores the dimensions of that process, arguing for a new understanding of working-class cultural practices within early cinematic mass culture. He shows how Keystone fashioned a style of film comedy from the roughhouse humor of cheap theater, pioneering modes of representation that satirized film industry attempts at uplift. Interdisciplinary in its approach, The Fun Factory offers a unique studio history that views the changing politics of early film culture through the sociology of laughter.
- Sales Rank: 12,705
- ISBN: 0520255380
- EAN: 9780520255388
- Shipping Weight: 12.50/lbs (approx)
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