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Duck Soup (1933) Directed by Leo McCarey A Night at the Opera (1935) Directed by Sam Wood Beginning with a flash of NRA’s eagle that progressively gets more ironic, Duck Soup’s debauched satire of petty warfare and monied politics has a potent resonance equaling its vaudevillian absurdity. In everycountry Freedonia, self-proclaimed “Land of the Free,” wiseacre Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is installed as dictator, his two-bit cigar, greasepainted mug, and endless one-liners met with...
Seriously Funny: The Films of Leo McCarey July 15th-31st at MoMA Although his name might not be as celebrated today, the film director Leo McCarey was every bit the equal of better-known auteurs such as Frank Borzage, Jean Renoir, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. Like Borzage, he was a born romantic who sought to understand how people (sometimes misguidedly) used love and intimacy to try to protect each other from the dangers of their surrounding world. Like...

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