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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520255388
ISBN-10: 0520255380
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rob King

Rob King is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History at the University of Toronto.

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