For my capstone project, I am thinking about researching and exploring two things that I love – movies and language. In particular, I am very interested in how the language of comedy movies have changed over time. In other words, what, linguistically, makes people laugh today and what made people laugh yesterday. I wanted to start by researching some of the funniest movies of all times – according to a number of different sources. I would love to find one film from each decade since the 1930’s that has been unanimously named as the funniest film of , for example, the 1960’s. I started to research this films, and immediately came across a problem – one that, interestingly enough, has a lot to do with language.
How do you define a comedy? White google searching “comedy,” I found a number of results relating to the recent awards season – the 2014 Golden Globes, Oscars, SAG Awards, etc. This article lists all of the nominees and winners for the various categories. However, the “comedy” nominees are very different than the comedy films I discussed in my proposal for this project. What do you think constitutes a comedic film? Why would this be any different as it applies to theaters versus a big time awards show?
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