Ben Oliver

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Duck Soup

I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.
16 May 2020

Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is appointed leader of Freedonia, a fictional nation on the brink of war with Sylvania. Instead of preventing the disaster he prefers winding people up with insults and wisecracks.

An avalanche of jokes, and as always with the Marx Brothers I end up snowed under. If you deconstruct the film into individual gags it is funny, but I find it difficult to stay engaged with it for an hour.

Harpo actually made me angry! Why is chopping stuff with scissors funny? Perhaps my inability to actually laugh at Duck Soup is what irritated me most.

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