Essays

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Directed by Stanley Kramer

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Directed by Stanley Kramer
By Ron Falzone

There are a lot of rules when it comes to comedy:

“Less is more."  “Never play the joke.”  “Small and smart is better than big and dumb.”   “It’s not a job for amateurs,” or, as the great tragedienne Edmund Keane put it, “Dying is easy.  Comedy is hard.”

Some Came Running, Directed by VIncente Minnelli

Some Came Running, Directed by VIncente Minnelli
By Ron Falzone

If we are to believe what the small town melodramas tell us, then every village and burg dotting the map is filled with deviants, hypocrites and mothers pretending to be their child’s aunt to hide the “shame of illegitimacy.” To mix a metaphor, these stories are all about ripping the lid off small town America and exposing the seamy underbelly.

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