The Drop Dead Funny ’70s

American Film Comedies Year by Year

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About the Book

This work offers a critical and contextual examination of 130 commercially-released film comedies of the 1970s. Arranged chronologically, it considers the socio-political circumstances of each year of the decade, then critiques each film released that year with a focus on each title’s effect on the film industry and the art of big screen comedy, as well as the emergence of talents whose work influenced (or was influenced by) the zeitgeist of the decade. Covering popular titles like M*A*S*H, Blazing Saddles, American Graffiti, The Bad News Bears, Smokey and the Bandit and many more, it argues that the 1970s may rightly be considered the last golden age of film comedy.

About the Author(s)

Dan Lalande is a screenwriter based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. For thirteen years, he served as an adjunct professor of screen-based storytelling at Algonquin College.

Bibliographic Details

Dan Lalande
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 25 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9254-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4974-0
Imprint: McFarland