This absorbing study of early 20th Century American Culture interprets the anarchic absurdity of slapstick movies as a form of collective anxiety dream, their fantastical images and illogical gags expressing the unconscious wishes and fears of the modern age, in a way that foreshadows the concerns of our own celebrity-obsessed consumer culture.
Used availability for Alan Bilton's Silent Film Comedy and American Culture
May 2013 : UK Hardback
January 2013 : Paperback
May 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition