Movie Genres: Definition; Approaches; Comedy Vs. Farce

Updated July 4, 2020

G. B. Shaw:

“If you want to tell people the truth, you’d be better make them laugh–or they’ll kill you.”

George Orwell 91970, p. 329):

“You cannot be really funny if your  main aim is to flatter the comfortable classes. It means leaving out too much. To be funny, indeed, you have got to be serious.”

The genre of comedy is marked by a spirit of joyous compromise and social healing.

Farce embodies  the wish to damage the family, “to desecrate  the household gods,” to paraphrase the critic Eric Bentley.