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Class Clowns: How Comedy Films Define Social Class in Britain

(1) Comments | Posted 15 January 2015 | (23:00)

It was just a photograph: a terraced house with three Union Flags on it, a white van parked outside and the simple caption "image from #Rochester". But it was enough to secure Emily Thornberry's fate, and the claim from one of his aides that Ed Miliband had "never been so...

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From Sightseers to Wizard's Way: The Bitter Charm of Bedsit Noir

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2012 | (12:22)

"Failure is a lot more funny than success," said Ray Galton and Alan Simpson when I interviewed them for The Guardian in January. They were talking about The Day Off, their long-lost Tony Hancock screenplay, which had its first ever performance at the LOCO London comedy film festival this year,...

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Happy Birthday Woody Allen!

(3) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (23:00)

There's a scene towards the end of Woody Allen's film Manhattan in which his character, Isaac, lists the reasons that life is worth living. For Isaac, they are Groucho Marx, Willie Mays, the Second Movement of the Jupiter Symphony, Louis Armstrong's recording of Potatohead Blues, Swedish movies (I'm...

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Stiller and Apatow: The London Comedy Film Festival Recognises the Movies the Oscars Aren't

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2011 | (23:00)

"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." No-one is quite sure whose final words these were -- the most usual suspect is Sir Donald Wolfit -- but the fact that the line has endured for so long is surely proof of its hitting a nerve. Now, as we enter the film...

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