The Fun Factory

The Fun Factory

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From its founding in 1912, the short-lived Keystone Film Companya€”home of the frantic, bumbling Kops and Mack Sennett's Bathing Beautiesa€”made an indelible mark on American popular culture with its high-energy comic shorts. Even as Keystone brought qlowbrowq 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.Mabel is romping with her pet dog in hotel yard when her sweetheart comes on and talks with her. In next set husband and wife are sitting. Wife leaves set for moment to get something. During her ... Dog inside room in trying to follow her jumps against door, the spring lock catches and Mabel is locked in hall in her pajamas.

Title:The Fun Factory
Author:Robert King
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2008-12-10


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