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Duck Soup [DVD] [Import]
- アスペクト比 : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 言語: : 英語
- 製品サイズ : 19.05 x 13.72 x 1.52 cm; 113.4 g
- EAN : 0025192138157
- 製造元リファレンス : MCAD61122004D
- メディア形式 : DVD-Video, NTSC, インポート
- 発売日 : 2012/3/6
- 出演 : Marx Brothers
- Dubbed: : スペイン語
- 字幕: : フランス語, スペイン語
- 言語 : 英語 (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), スペイン語 (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- 販売元 : Universal Studios
- ASIN : B006TTC5UO
- ディスク枚数 : 1
This political satire starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo Marx is often considered the Brothers' funniest and most popular film. After being appointed dictator of Freedonia, Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) proceeds to bring the mythical nation to a halt by showing up late and insulting everyone at his inauguration. Hoping to oust the unfit new leader, two spies (Harpo and Chico) are sent from the neighboring Sylvania. Soon enough, war is declared between the two nations with outrageous results. So funny it earned spot on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.
I expect that this black and white1933 “classic comedy” and “biting political satire”, according to the DVD case, seemed funny many decades ago, but it has lost a lot of its appeal now.
Despite the title, this film has little to do with Ducks or Soup.
Groucho Marx becomes President of an imaginary country called Freedonia. His brothers Harpo, Chico and, the one nobody remembers, Zeppo Marx all become involved in some way or other (their even less well known brother Gummo Marx is not in the film at all). The actor Louis Calhern whose performances I liked in ‘We’re Not Married’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ also appears.
The Freedonians sing a cheerful musical number about how great it is that they are going to war with a neighbouring country [I think this is meant to be the ‘biting political satire’ that the DVD description promised] but find themselves ill prepared for the conflict. Eventually the Marx brothers save the day by pelting the enemy leader with food until he surrenders [I think this is meant to be the ‘classic comedy’ we were promised.]
In a way I am glad I watched much of this film, although I skipped some scenes in the middle. I knew the Marx Brothers were famous and the image of the leading brother Groucho Marx with his moustache, cigar and grin still has cultural resonance, but I had never seen any of their work. Now at least I know what people are talking about when they mention them.
According to Wikipedia the Marx Brothers “are widely considered by critics, scholars, and fans to be among the greatest and most influential comedians of the 20th century” and this film ‘Duck Soup’ is among their most famous, but I wonder how much of that is down to people feeling that they ought to like this because other critics say they do.
While I did not hate this film, I am in no hurry to see more Marx Brothers’ films.
Four Jewish Brothers (The Marx Bros) star in this satire on politics,
and 83 years later, it is still funny and relevant.
The reason I tell you the Marx Bros were Jewish, is because there
is an old jewish saying that says, "Humour is to be human". I don't
think Hitler had much in the way of "funny bones", and after all these
years, it is The Marx Brothers who are still loved, and the ideas and
politics of fascism, are hated. What I am getting at, is Duck Soup
will live on forever, and whenever a tin-pot dictator wants to start
a war, we have this movie to remind us how ridicules war is...