Comic and Satirical Alternatives to the “Pleasure Culture of War”

  • Kevin M. FlanaganEmail author
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


This chapter looks at a lineage of comedic war films, starting before Suez but then demonstrating how the connection between war and comedy changed throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, the chapter shows how satire and comedic irony emerge in film and television works as critical tools, despite already being established in the literary tradition around war at least since World War I. In addition to surveying comic and ironic trends across genres, it compares two films written by Charles Wood, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and How I Won the War (1967), and looks at how these films combine Wood’s penchant for comic irony with varied modernist techniques stressed by the directors (Tony Richardson and Richard Lester, respectively).


Irony Comedy Satire Richard Lester Tony Richardson World War II Crimean War 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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