In Bergson’s view Comedy is a social gesture designed to promote organic health in the social body
In Bergson’s view Comedy is a social gesture designed to promote organic health in the social body. Laughter, by ridiculing social outsiders, effects in those laughed at a desire to purge themselves of unsocial traits. Comedy attempts to return to life those half-alive people on society’s fringes whose “failure” to adapt themselves impairs social well-being.
As Bergson’s view is about comedy and the film Dr Strangelove is part of the vast collection of Stanley Kubrick’s greatest films about the cold war and nuclear scare, which the world has ever seen, combining comedy and a real fright perfectly so Bergson’s theory can de directly applied to the film Strangelove, or, “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb”, which tells the story of what could happen if the US nuclear programme went wrong. Although the script, based on a serious novel called Red Alert, was adapted perfectly for the funny and sharp style Kubrick was aiming for, balancing moments of serious action and tension, with the laugh out loud moments following straight after. It is hard not to laugh at the fantastic film which Kubrick has produced. Whilst it may be more than 50 years old, and the cold war has come to an end many years ago, Dr Strangelove still impacts on audiences today, in the same way it did in 1964. A fantastically funny, brilliantly acted, and exceptionally directed story, which only the master team of Sellers, Scott and Kubrick could achieve.Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The telephone conversation in which a military member talked to Dimitri and told him about hydrogen bomb was full of fun and comedy Therefore, this movie is considered comic or as a comedy movie according to Bergson.
Sigmund Freud emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, and a primary assumption of Freudian theory is that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect. In Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, Freud claimed that “our enjoyment of the joke” indicates what is being repressed in more serious talk. Freud argues that the success of the joke depends upon a psychic economy, whereby the joke allows one to overcome inhibitions
According to Freud, understanding of joke technique is essential for understanding jokes and their relation to the unconscious, however, these techniques are what make a joke a joke.Freud’s theory can applied to the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Although its tone is puzzling, unsettling: a surreal comedy of errors played out with a deadly straight face for much of the duration.Famously attentive to detail, Stanley Kubrick studs the screen with such tiny jokes; slow-burning time bombs that explode only on repeated viewings.
Everyone is drunk on testosterone (there’s only one woman, a Playboy model-turned-“secretary”): the nutso officer who orders the attack, with his fixation on “precious bodily fluids”; the Soviet Premier, partying in a Moscow brothel as the world faces extinction; George C Scott’s Pentagon General, creaming himself at the thought that, in the post-Doomsday bunker, there will be 10 nubile females for every man. The dim-witted, Texan-accented cowboy, who captains what he calls the “nucular” charge, is a strangely familiar figure.
It is sometimes said that Dr Strangelove, brilliant as it still unquestionably is, has lost its bite. Not at all: it lampoons a crazed warmongering machismo that never goes out of style.
In the throes of a traumatic divorce, Peter Sellers is extraordinary, in a triple-threat performance, as the bald, ineffectual American president, the mad scientist with an uncontrollable bionic hand, and the clipped RAF officer who tries to save the day, but hasn’t got the right change for the phone and finds that the White House won’t reverse the charges.
The amazing War Room set, with its huge circular conference table intended to suggest a poker game, comes courtesy of the great production designer Ken Adam, who squeezed the assignment in between Dr No and Goldfinger.
Comparison of 2nd movie with first
Bergson’s laughter theory as well as Freud theory (Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious) can applied to the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Kubrick’s most perfectly realized film, simply because his cynical vision of the progress of technology and human stupidity is wedded with comedy, carried numerous similarities as well as contrast with movie A Chinese Odyssey (1995).
A Chinese Odyssey is a two-part 1995 Hong Kong fantasy-comedy film directed by Jeffrey Lau and starring Stephen Chow.
The first part is titled A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box while the second one is called A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella. The film is very loosely based on the Wu Cheng’en novel Journey to the West.
Both parts of this movie are full of comedy, fun and humor just like that of movie Dr Strangelove.
The first part of “A Chinese Odyssey,” titled “Pandora’s Box” is very loosely based on the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. It also incorporates elements of slapstick comedy and wuxia revolving around the central theme of a love story.
Jeffrey Lau directed this lavish send-up of the classic novel Journey to the West, which recounts the introduction of Buddhism into China. In part one, the Monkey King (the hilarious Stephen Chow), who was banished from heaven for trying to eat his master, the Longevity Monk, finds himself reincarnated five hundred years later as a clumsy bandit named Joker. Chow’s blend of martial arts mastery and slapstick comedy make this a bawdy, action-filled romp.
The second half of Chow’s Odyssey has some more touching moments, but overall it’s still the crazy, wonderful extravaganza of the first one. Odyssey Part 2, this movie is less focused and all over the place. Joker lands 500 years in the past, and finds out he will become Monkey King. He falls in love with a new female character, throwing out the old ones. There is a briefly funny body swapping plotline that quickly goes nowhere, and then a small action scene at the end with Joker becoming Monkey King. The ending is bittersweet, but this movie has enough flair to be enjoyable enough for a viewing.
The other perfect half of a Chinese ultra-masterpiece. Bolder (and sometimes more free-flow retarded) than the first in terms of jokes, it also promises and delivers on even more brilliant action (cue the monkeys and the bulls) and a thought-provoking meditation on the everlasting cycle of struggles and sacrifices. This represents the excellent adaptation of the famous monkey king story with a perfect balance of humour, action, fantasy and romance.
Like Dr. Strangelove this movie Chinese Odyssey is not only full of fun and joy it also deals with love. At first, really funny and fun. Then it gets more complicated, and deals with destined love, plus having a higher purpose and having a higher path in life it also deals with all sorts of things like time travel, reincarnation, the old gods and goddesses, god and buddha. Complex and just mind-blowing.
A more plot based device is used here to get things running right out of the gate. It’s here that Chow leapfrogs further in the Joker, evolving to his destined role, but with a story that moves much faster and has far more intriguing consequences. Overlying themes of unrequited love and sacrifice along with witty dialogue make this film a must for any film lover.It has all the necessary elements for a very good romantic story. Not to mention, it has great action and great jokes. And most importantly, it has the MONKEY KING! An excellent ending, very touching and a lot of classic cheesy lines in it.
Stephen Chow as the Monkey King was brilliant as the story honestly redeems his character in Chinese high fantasy style. The intricate story follows crazy timelines while not losing focus. Filmed during the Golden Age of Stephen Chow’s career, this film is chok-full of non-stop slapstick humor, Hong Kong pop-culture references, self-parody, puns, and satiric songs.It is funny, quirky, clever, action packed and deeply romantic. It deviates greatly from the original story in terms of plot, but it stays remarkably true to it in terms of heart and meaning.
The movie is a milestone of Stephen from making pure comedy to delivering messages through his movies. This movie is said to carry a deep philosophical messages. But it is still a very mastery comedy with a complete story and some points to inspire us to think. This movie is a masterpiece of not only Stephen Chow but also of all times.it is more than a movie which makes you laugh for two hours and later forget everything. The story is very complete, and Stephen Chow’s acting is wonderful. There are classic scenes that may make you cry and think. The movie is made not only to make us laugh, but also to bring out a message, of love, of life, or whatever we can make out from this movie.
In contrast to Dr. Strangelove this movie Chinese Odyssey also carried some flaws including the script however is all over the place. There’s no clear sense of direction, conflict or stake. Director Jeffrey Lau tries to bring the random jokes of the old days back, but 99 percent of them fall flat. A million flaws aside, the movie is not without moments. It’s a story about life and love, only told in a poor way. But the sweet parts does have some heartbeats. Just ruin by some bad jokes. Still true love never dies.