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Author Koestenbaum, Wayne.

Title The anatomy of Harpo Marx / Wayne Koestenbaum.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012.


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 299 pages) : illustrations
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Contents Early ecstatic emptiness. The holy fool flees language's stinkbomb: The cocoanuts (1929) -- Pinky, the pointing scapegoat, lags behind: Duck soup (1933) -- The mad mohel's goo-goo eyes of monomaniacal attunement: A night at the opera -- Poppy power, or, the thick-enough art of zombie dumbfoundment: Animal crackers (1930) -- Later astonishments. Fake dead Jew as cute zoo-idiot: Room service (1938) -- Pass Punchy's humiliated buddy huddle: At the circus (1939) -- Freeze Rusty's anal rage in a cozy void: Go west (1940) -- Lonely wacky's incremental lines of flight: The big store (1941) -- The bubble-blowing demarcator tickles totality: A night in Casablanca (1946) -- Bulge, glaze, pause, shock; or, the bushy-haired ragpicker's burnt offering: Love happy (1950) -- The idiot tumbles back to the beginning of time. The undeliverable ice of pinky's mom-mouth: Horse feathers (1932) -- The kippering, bopping, shushing, bear-hugging, beard-pulling bustle: Monkey business (1931) -- The pretzel glimmer-eye of stuffy's stuttering surge: A day at the races.
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Summary The Anatomy of Harpo Marx is a luxuriant, detailed play-by-play account of Harpo Marx's physical movements as captured on screen. Wayne Koestenbaum guides us through the thirteen Marx Brothers films, from The Cocoanuts in 1929 to Love Happy in 1950, to focus on Harpo's chief and yet heretofore unexplored attribute-his profound and contradictory corporeality. Koestenbaum celebrates the astonishing range of Harpo's body-its kinks, sexual multiplicities, somnolence, Jewishness, "cute" pathos, and more. In a virtuosic performance, Koestenbaum's text moves gracefully from insightful analysis to cul.
Subject Marx, Harpo, 1888-1964.
Marx, Harpo, 1888-1964 (OCoLC)fst00088035
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Music, Dance, Drama & Film.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Other Form: Print version: Koestenbaum, Wayne. Anatomy of Harpo Marx. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2012 9780520269002 (DLC) 2011024490 (OCoLC)732318577
ISBN 9780520951983 (electronic bk.)
0520951980 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9786613520838
AU@ 000049050084
AU@ 000053289008
AU@ 000060072178
DEBBG BV043100609
DEBBG BV044163169
DEBSZ 421444606
NZ1 14973505

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