Tracing Satire in World Cinema.
Satire as a genre has always existed in literature since the ancient times of Greek civilisation and continues to be a powerful device in contemporary times. The idea of mocking, ridiculing and exposing the foolishness of individuals or corporations and governments is the very fundamental purpose of satire. Though the means used to do so are humor, irony, exaggeration, absurdity or sarcasm, it's larger purpose is political and social criticism . However in the modern sense, satire has manifested itself in the everyday language through internet memes, posters and videos.
Cinema too has also exploited this particular genre in very unique and interesting ways. So we at the Castiko Space will be exploring satire as a genre in cinema by looking at the works of the great performer/artist of 20th century Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), the fictional recreation of a bizarre character in Woody Allen's 'Zelig' (1983) set in early 20th century, the visual and aural comedy par excellence in the work of Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle(1958), the obsessive and delusional character driven work of Scorsese's 'The King of Comedy' (1983),to our very own Indian legendary satirical film 'Jaane bhi do Yaaron (1983) by the recently departed, Mr. Kundan Shah. The purpose will be to explore the purely cinematic means employed by these various auteurs/filmmakers to critique the social and political realities of their times.
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