Humour and irony in Dutch post-war fiction film

Humour and irony in Dutch post-war fiction film

By Peter Verstraten
Book Description

If Dutch cinema is examined in academic studies, the focus is usually on pre-war films or on documentaries, but the post-war fiction film has been sporadically addressed. Many popular box-office successes have been steeped in jokes on parochial conflicts, vulgar behavior and/or on sexual display, towards which Dutch people have often felt ambivalent. At the same time, something like a 'Hollandse school', a term first coined in the 1980s, has manifested itself more firmly, with the work of Alex van Warmerdam, pervaded in deadpan irony as its biggest eye-catcher. Using seminal theories of humor and irony as an angle, this study scrutinizes a great number of Dutch films on the basis of categories such as low-class comedies; neurotic romances; deliberate camp; cosmic irony, or grotesque satire. Hence, Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-war Fiction Film makes surprising connections between films from various decades: Flodder and New Kids Turbo; Spetters and Simon; Rent a Friend and Ober; De verloedering van de Swieps and Borgman; Black Out and Plan C.This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. Low-Class Comedies
  • 2. Multicultural Comedies
  • 3. From ‘Kind-hearted’ Comedies to Neurotic Romances
  • 4. Deliberate Camp
  • 5. Humour as an Aftermath Effect
  • 6. Homosocial Jokes
  • 7. From Ludic Humour to Cosmic Irony
  • 8. From Insubordinate ­Playfulness to Subversive Irony
  • 9. From Grotesque Caricature to Grotesque Satire
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Filmography
  • Photo Credits
  • Index of Concepts
  • Index of Films
  • Index of Names
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