kyle cassidy (kylecassidy) wrote,
kyle cassidy

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fun thursday

went to see Duck Soup at the outdoor cinema at 38th and walnut last night with Sky and Christy. It was terriffic fun. We packed a picnic dinner. Duck Soup was preceeded by episode two of "Mystery Mountain" a Ken Maynard serial from 1934. i imagine audiences in 1934 cheered or shrank in terror at various points which elicited laughter today....

Duck Soup was suprisingly good. I'd never seen a Marx Brothers movie before. I'd often heard people say "Harpo Marx was a comic genius!" which puzzled me having only the vague idea that he was the guy with the horn, but I have to say, "Harpo Marx was a comic genius". There really aren't physical comedians like that any more, despite what Jim Carrey fans would tell you. I found the movie strangely topical too -- a wealthy dowager agrees to loan the bankrup country of Freedonia twenty million dollars on the condition that her friend, Rufus T. Firefly, a local buffoon, is appointed president. Immediately after his appointment, President Firefly inexplicably plunges the country into war with a neighboring country. Sending Chico out onto the bloody front lines he quips: "And remember while you're out there risking life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in here thinking what a sucker you are."

Certianly a dangrous and flippant film to make in 1934 with Hitler beginning a rise to power in europe, but something i found resonating last night sitting on the wide lawn in 2004 with the future yawning before me.

Oh, and the hat scene is just grand.

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