Saturday, January 17, 2009


I recently heard an interview with Woody Allen on his latest film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which has been called a comedy by some. Allen said it started out as purely a drama, with - to his mind - no comic elements, but when the film was finished he could see that there were elements of humour in it. None of the characters end up happy or fulfilled, he said, and that the film had comic elements in it by accident. This reminded me of something Anthony Burgess observed in an essay called 'What Makes Comedy Comic?': 'Comedy is more of a technique than a genre"

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