The Totalitarian Comedy of Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be

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Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationA Companion to Film Comedy
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781444338591
StatePublished - Oct 22 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Ernst Lubitsch's wartime farce
  • Lubitsch on liberating role of laughter, in resisting totalitarian designs
  • Lubitsch seizing on the Hitlerian reflex, as a means of comic punctuation
  • Lubitsch's gag on quintessential Nazi reflex, the Heil Hitler salute
  • To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
  • Totalitarian comedy of Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be

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