Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
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Abstract

In the 1960s, themes which had previously been dealt with only in the most serious fashion were suddenly subject to burlesque, or parody, as filmmakers and audiences sought to move beyond the strained seriousness that characterized many of the most respected problem films of the 1960s. In such films as Roger Gorman’s The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and A Bucket of Blood (1959), Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Theodore J. Flicker’s The President’s Analyst (1967), and many others, viewers embraced a new vision of the world unfettered by the constraints of prior censorship.

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© Wheeler Winston Dixon 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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