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By J. Nilsson

ISBN-10: 134945334X

ISBN-13: 9781349453344

This learn examines how a specific choice of movies became American cultural fabric of the Nineteen Nineties into satirical stories for audience and unearths that there are components of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream information channels and Hollywood, and to authentic American background already embedded within the tradition.

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His case revolves around early sound comedies being judged by the standards of classical narrative when they clearly do not always work as logical or unified wholes. 90 What we can take from this is, first, a general warning not to force a film into a set of norms without taking into account possible transgressions. Champions of the continuity of the classical tradition have taught us to judge films according to narrative unity, character psychology, and causal logic, and while the films under consideration here sometimes do conform to these, they also transgress them in several respects.

The plot showcases the strategies used by Bob and his associates in the campaign. One of the plotlines concerns the struggle against the opposing candidate, against whom they use negative campaigning and false accusations. Another is focused on a journalist’s personal crusade against Bob’s campaign. Writing for the radical journal Troubled Times, Bugs Raplin (Giancarlo Esposito) follows the campaign while investigating its involvement in drug trafficking and in a savings-andloans scandal. In order to discredit Bugs, the campaign stages Bob being shot while leaving the set of the comedy show Cutting Edge Live (the film’s version of Saturday Night Live) and frames Bugs for it.

109 Prior knowledge of relevant contexts is important in terms of satire because its targets are found there. ”111 Bordwell’s cognitivist conception of the viewer has faced critique over the years. 114 As has been made clear, this study is interested in how the satirical film works formally and stylistically to cue satire, which means that the questions asked correspond well to Bordwell’s perspective. Theorizing Satire Because satire comes in so many forms and because it is so varied, this study does not offer a unified theory that deals comprehensively with all its aspects.

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