By Robert B. Ray
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Although Hollywood's advertisement luck has led the realm viewers to equate the yank cinema with movie itself, Hollywood filmmaking is a specific method designed to answer particular old events. As an artwork constrained in theoretical scope yet wealthy in person diversifications, the yank cinema poses the main fascinating query of pop culture: Do dissident types have any probability of ultimate freed from a mass medium trying to co-opt them?
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Later during the 1920s other artists like Fernandel, Maurice Chevalier, and Raimu were also able to begin their career as comic troopers. Considered the subgenre of 32 ● French Comedy on Screen the vaudeville, the comique troupier was reintroduced at the end of the decade by Jean Renoir himself with his Tire-au-flanc (The Sad Sack) in 1928. In 1886, Georges Courteline wrote his very first novel called Les gaîtés de l’escadron, which was later adapted as a stage comedy. In 1932, Maurice Tourneur directed Les gaîtés de l’escadron, which is today considered the most representative film of the genre In plays written by Georges Courteline and Edouard Norès, the triumph of the actors was such that it tended to overshadow the literary character of its authors (the association of the three myths, Raimu, Fernandel, and Jean Gabin, was a directing tour de force from Tourneur).
In other words, his motion pictures describing the mythology of his native Provence were simply a profitable extension of theater. Pagnol, on the other hand, never attempted to claim, in all his undertakings, anything other than the status of a literary author. Subsequently, Pagnol defined his cinema from the theater angle; hence the accusations of “misusing” the cinematic medium in order to serve a certain ideal of the so-called filmed theater. That approach was justified insofar as he never questioned its essence, but only the advantages that this new medium could bring to his creations.
Period Comedies: When Humor Challenged History The 1930s and 1940s were a prolific time for period movies. Many masterpieces emerged in that period with films as varied as Claude AutantLara and Maurice Lehmann’s L’affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937), Anatole The Early Comedies of the Sound Era ● 41 Litvak’s Mayerling (1936), and Marcel Carné’s Les visiteurs du soir (The Devil’s Envoys, 1942) and Les enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise, 1945). But dramas and historical fresco were not the only genre to be solicited by filmmakers’ ambitions to rewrite history as the popularity of French period comedies was also visible among popular audiences.