Replacing Anarchy with Satire in ‘Duck Soup’

The Marx Brothers operate within a tight set of rules, irreverent as they may be.
Duck Soup
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By  · Published on October 4th, 2017

We closely tie the wacky happenings of the brothers Marx with the word ‘anarchy’ because of the madness they wreak on screen surrounded by tight-lipped buzzkills. But what a new video argues is, maybe we shouldn’t?

The brothers operate in a unit with defined roles, stick it to the man in a number of relatively repeatable ways, and all have personal goals in mind – even if they’re as simple as chasing blonde women. What they’re really adept at is satire, which is a form of comedy that thrives under the rule of law.

Explaining their satire through a tight analysis of Duck Soup is a new video essay by One Hundred Years of Cinema.

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