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French Farce

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Paul Moran

on 9 February 2014

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Transcript of French Farce

Generic Conventions
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
Côte d'Azur (2005)
Raunchy comedy about interwoven love interests within a family and their friends
Plays on french stereotypes
Slapstick comedy throughout
Dialogue heavy - a lot of humour drawn from relationships
Takes place during a family vacation over a matter of weeks
Despite over thirty years between some of these films little has changed in terms as narrative or performance.
Visual style has followed the same concept but has changed over time.
There are clear markers that differentiate these films as having a french identity i.e. french actors and playing on stereotypes.
Adaptation of an early French Farce play
Two gay men attempt to hide their ownership of Drag Club downstairs from one of their sons fiance's
Ridiculous Storyline
Common Slapstick humour
Witty dialogue
Situation comedy taking place mainly during the visit of the fiance.
Generic Conventions
- A comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations
French Farce
Paul & Miles

French farce's derived from the theatre.
Le Garçon et l'aveugle
is a 13th century play that is considered the oldest suriving written french farce by an anonymous author
Le Garçon et l'aveugle
Visual Style
Generic Conventions
Slapstick comedy in which we see father to be Vincent and his closest friends argue over the name of his unborn child.
Dialogue led humour
Slapstick style performances.
Focus on relationships, and secrets.
Le prénom (2012) 'What's in a name'
Derives from
; Early 16th century: from French, literally 'stuffing', from farcir 'to stuff', from Latin farcire. An earlier sense of 'forcemeat stuffing' became used metaphorically for comic interludes ‘stuffed’ into the texts of religious plays, which led to the current usage.
Some of these plays led to film adaptations such as
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
Over characterization
Elaborate unrealistic story lines
Dialogue Heavy
Physical Humour
Often includes families or close friends
Over a short period of time
Romanticised view of life
Continuity editing
Minimalist visual style- simplistic
Emphasis on bright colour
Costume is bold and reminiscent of the time.
Witty and casual dialogue
Strong interactions between characters
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