Comedy Moderne: Art Deco in the Marx Brothers by matthew c. hoffman

Belgian poster for A Night at the Opera

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There are many other films that could just as easily have been booked for the Screen Deco series. One of which is Duck Soup (1933). However, I had just done a comedy series and I didn’t want to schedule any more comedies. (You’ll have to settle for Guy Kibbee and Hugh Herbert in Wonder Bar.) Besides, Duck Soup is a classic that is readily available commercially. In addition, watching a Marx Bros. movie just to concentrate on the set design is like watching a John Ford Western for the comic relief. But it’s just one more thing to look for the next time you view it on New Year’s Eve or whenever. Duck Soup offers some of the finest examples of Art Deco in a Marx Brothers film. One of the best sets– by art director Hans Dreier– is the streamlined court of Freedonia…

Duck Soup

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Monkey Business
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