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Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film$
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Ryan Bishop

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748643073

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643073.001.0001

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Conclusion: Between the Machine and the Event: Film Comedy

Conclusion: Between the Machine and the Event: Film Comedy

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(p.161) Chapter 6 Conclusion: Between the Machine and the Event: Film Comedy
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Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film
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Ryan Bishop

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643073.003.0006

This concluding chapter provides a meditation on the ontological status of cinema in light of its intermedial history and engagement with technological developments from the late 19th to early 21st centureis. It further considers the status of knowledge as a product of Derrida’s formulation on the interdependence of the machine and the event while proposing film comedy as a productive site for examining the conjoining of these supposedly antithetical forces. The comedic impulse or eruption serves to bring these binaristic qualities together in one and the same moment, with the comic utterance showing the utter necessity and interdependence of the machine and the event for thought and interpretation of the world that erases easy or clear distinctions between subjects and objects, machines and nature.

Keywords:   the machine, the event, media archaeology, Victor Burgin, Thomas Elsaesser, Jacques Derrida, Andre Bazin, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Barbie Video Girl

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