Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film

Peter Verstraten

Humour and Irony in Dutch Post-War Fiction Film

Peter Verstraten

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

480 pages | 29 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089649430 Published April 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Dutch cinema is typically treated only in terms of prewar films or documentaries, leaving postwar fictional film largely understudied. At the same time, a Hollandse School, first named in the 1980s, has developed through deadpan, ironic films like those of director and actor Alex van Warmerdam. Using seminal theories on humor and comedy, this book explores a number of Dutch films using the notion of categories, such as low-class comedies, neurotic romances, deliberate camp, and grotesque satire. With its original approach, this study makes surprising connections between Dutch films from various decades.
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