FREEDONIA'S GOING TO WAR
1. My dog ate it.
2. I'm hungover after meeting an old work friend last night.
3. I have no idea what movie to do this week.
4. My operating system crashed.
5. Al Qaeda
At any rate, I feel it's my solemn duty to supply you with movie-related comedy on Friday morning, so here's a great clip from the Marx Brothers' 1933 classic, Duck Soup. Make sure you watch from the 2 minute point on, for one of the funniest musical segments I've ever seen. Absolute craziness. Plus, Zeppo is in there, as is Margaret Dumont:
In one of those seemingly coincidental occurences that sprinkle their way across life, within of few days of choosing The Kentucky Fried Movie as FSMOMYOTD back in December, this arrived from my Netflix queue. And the line of comedy that inspired KFM goes right back to the Marx Brothers.
I'd never seen Duck Soup, and I'm amazed I made it this long. I saw Monkey Business on TCM a few months ago, and found their anarchic shenanigans very appealing, very funny, and so . . . somehow modern to me. And if you've never watched one of the Marx Brothers' earlier, Paramount films, you'll have to trust me: it's the embrace of utter chaos, a sense that at any moment, the whole thing could just careen off the road that's so appealing to a modern, comedic sensibility. Think of Elliot Gould's Trapper in MASH: always irreverent in the face of danger and authority. Groucho went down that road many years earlier.
Of course, like any gifted comics, the chaos is perfectly choreographed, planned to perfection. The anarchy and at time, meanness, of their capers, is infused by a joyous energy, as if to say, "Come on board; this is the most enjoyable ride you'll get today." Cool stuff. Duck Soup is really quite funny.
And if you haven't checked out the YouTube clip, I recommend it.