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review Hail, Hail, Euphoria! ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Bestselling author Roy Blount Jr tells the story of theclassic Marx Brothers wartime satire Duck Soup As always Blount isinformed yet informal tongue in cheek yet tempered providing the perfectvoice to recount the irreverent antics of H. Blount begins his tale with a visit to the Thalia an upper west side Manhattan theater where Duck Soup was being shown in a matinee Kids were in the audience young ones 6 7 years old Their reaction was to be amazed My personal experience with kids and the Marx Brothers was not so fortunate I used to torture my progeny with Friday Family Movie Night I forced them to endure a long list of classic cinema even in black and white Somehow no one reported me for child abuse The Marx Brothers were well represented in that series So much so that for one of her birthday parties my youngest wanted to include a showing one of the brothers films I had images of pajama d ten year old girls splayed on the living room carpet couch and chairs howling raucously as popcorn spilled from bowls upended as the audience rolled on the floor laughing It did not work out Atsa no funny was the general sense My daughter did not understand why her philistine friends did not get it She did In a way I feel that way about Hail Hail Euphoria Somehow I just didn t seem to get it Roy Blount Jr image from Washington Life Well that may be overstating I came to this book expecting an intelligent yuck fest And there is intel aplenty In fact Hail Hail Euphoria is as full as an overstuffed stateroom with information about the Marxian fab four counting Zeppo but not Gummo or Karl Blount tells about the off screen relationships among the brothers about why Harpo never speaks about how their film director hated working with them about their stage background You see the name Chico for example and think cheek oh right Not a so fast It is actually chick oh as the eldest brother was uite the ladies man Yes really And a degenerate gambler by age 11 There are many tangential bits of info as well including on Margaret Dumont and they are interesting That Duck Soup is rated among the best actually the 24th best the book cover exaggerates a tad all time war movies by Military History Magazine which reminds me it must be about time to renew which seems odd although it is a rather magnificent send up of faux casus belli which is enough to give anyone indigestion It is enlightening to learn that in an earlier script version Rufus T Firefly was an arms merchant and was thus motivated to start a war as a way of boosting sales From The Mirror Sketch You can see the full scene here Blount offers many uotes from the film and these are the funniest parts of the book I was surprised that while I did guffaw chortle laugh out loud snicker and otherwise react in an expected manner to these as a complete sucker for puns I was guilty of freuent laughter to the point of gagging I found no such reaction to the actual words of the author He looks for example at the film with French subtitles and finds it amusing to comment on that It seemed to me that it was a way of padding the material to reach a publishable length A interesting seuence was when he went through a scene from the film in minute detail pointing out specifics that are likely to flash by those of us who have only seen it at regular speed I like Roy Blount appreciate him on radio and generally take him to be a funny guy But all the humor in this book is by reference and not from Blount himself I guess one must then be satisfied with the humor of the Marxes and the information and analysis added by the author which is considerable If you are a Marx brothers fan or a Marx Brothers air conditioner there is ample material here to sustain your interest without leaving a mark and enhance your appreciation And atsa no joke EXTRA STUFF Roy Blount Jr was a staff writer at Sports Illustrated for seven years but continued to contribute pieces after moving on He has been a panelist on NPR s Wait Wait Don t Tell Me since 2011 and a freuent guest on Prairie Home Companion He narrated a PBS documentary about the Mississippi River made a guest appearance on the HBO series Treme Blount was a member of the all writer band Rock Bottom Remainders was a president of the Authors Guild and in between these and other activities he managed to find time to crank out about two dozen books His shorter work has appeared in over 150 publications Links to the author s personal and FB pages Interview with Kerry Shelby at Key West Kitchen the material relevant to this book is in the first eight minutes of the vid A wonderful piece about the film in this 2015 article by Craig Brown in The Guardian A whole lotta relephants the enduring delights of Duck Soup The Price of Emancipation yet informal tongue in cheek Work and Life Integration Organizational Cultural and Individual Perspectives Lea's Organization and Management yet tempered providing the perfectvoice to recount the irreverent antics of H. Blount begins his tale with a visit to the Thalia an upper west side Manhattan theater where Duck Soup was being shown in a matinee Kids were in the audience Stash Happy young ones 6 7 Traduire years old Their reaction was to be amazed My personal experience with kids and the Marx Brothers was not so fortunate I used to torture my progeny with Friday Family Movie Night I forced them to endure a long list of classic cinema even in black and white Somehow no one reported me for child abuse The Marx Brothers were well represented in that series So much so that for one of her birthday parties my Alien Crash at Roswell youngest wanted to include a showing one of the brothers films I had images of pajama d ten Inking Him Losing It #25 year old girls splayed on the living room carpet couch and chairs howling raucously as popcorn spilled from bowls upended as the audience rolled on the floor laughing It did not work out Atsa no funny was the general sense My daughter did not understand why her philistine friends did not get it She did In a way I feel that way about Hail Hail Euphoria Somehow I just didn t seem to get it Roy Blount Jr image from Washington Life Well that may be overstating I came to this book expecting an intelligent Betrayal The Crisis in the Catholic Church yuck fest And there is intel aplenty In fact Hail Hail Euphoria is as full as an overstuffed stateroom with information about the Marxian fab four counting Zeppo but not Gummo or Karl Blount tells about the off screen relationships among the brothers about why Harpo never speaks about how their film director hated working with them about their stage background You see the name Chico for example and think cheek oh right Not a so fast It is actually chick oh as the eldest brother was uite the ladies man Yes really And a degenerate gambler by age 11 There are many tangential bits of info as well including on Margaret Dumont and they are interesting That Duck Soup is rated among the best actually the 24th best the book cover exaggerates a tad all time war movies by Military History Magazine which reminds me it must be about time to renew which seems odd although it is a rather magnificent send up of faux casus belli which is enough to give anyone indigestion It is enlightening to learn that in an earlier script version Rufus T Firefly was an arms merchant and was thus motivated to start a war as a way of boosting sales From The Mirror Sketch You can see the full scene here Blount offers many uotes from the film and these are the funniest parts of the book I was surprised that while I did guffaw chortle laugh out loud snicker and otherwise react in an expected manner to these as a complete sucker for puns I was guilty of freuent laughter to the point of gagging I found no such reaction to the actual words of the author He looks for example at the film with French subtitles and finds it amusing to comment on that It seemed to me that it was a way of padding the material to reach a publishable length A interesting seuence was when he went through a scene from the film in minute detail pointing out specifics that are likely to flash by those of us who have only seen it at regular speed I like Roy Blount appreciate him on radio and generally take him to be a funny guy But all the humor in this book is by reference and not from Blount himself I guess one must then be satisfied with the humor of the Marxes and the information and analysis added by the author which is considerable If Lovers (A MMF/MM romance) (Voyeur series Book 2) you are a Marx brothers fan or a Marx Brothers air conditioner there is ample material here to sustain HORROR STORIES your interest without leaving a mark and enhance The Bounty your appreciation And atsa no joke EXTRA STUFF Roy Blount Jr was a staff writer at Sports Illustrated for seven ActivPhysics 1 version 11 Workbook and CD ROM years but continued to contribute pieces after moving on He has been a panelist on NPR s Wait Wait Don t Tell Me since 2011 and a freuent guest on Prairie Home Companion He narrated a PBS documentary about the Mississippi River made a guest appearance on the HBO series Treme Blount was a member of the all writer band Rock Bottom Remainders was a president of the Authors Guild and in between these and other activities he managed to find time to crank out about two dozen books His shorter work has appeared in over 150 publications Links to the author s personal and FB pages Interview with Kerry Shelby at Key West Kitchen the material relevant to this book is in the first eight minutes of the vid A wonderful piece about the film in this 2015 article by Craig Brown in The Guardian A whole lotta relephants the enduring delights of Duck Soup

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review Hail, Hail, Euphoria! ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Arpo Chico Groucho and Zeppo Readers of HarpoSpeaks The Essential Grouchoand Monkey Business and fans of Animal Crackers A Night at the Opera and the Marx Brothers’ other timelesscomedies as well as all fans of Blount’s witty and in. I ve always been fine with Roy Blount Jr when I came across him that is say on NPR or some such He s that droll intellectual type but unlike Dick Cavett another droll intellectual type and Marx fanatic whom I have adored for nearly forty years I have no real sentimental romantic attachment or willingness to forgive Mr Blount s foibles past a certain point I tolerated this book s lack of chapters an admitted pet peeve of mine due to my reading style and freuent over personalization and digression I rolled my eyes mildly at the armchair psychoanalysis that led Blount to repeatedly compare Margaret Dumont to Minnie Marx I put up with the mild dullness of this whole enterprise the conceit of watching Duck Soup and pausing to write an essay as we go along he s writing about my beloved Marxes after all so how could it be so unfunny and dryBut when 20 pages from the end he referred to Woody Allen s Hannah and Her Sisters character as Alvy Singer when any self respecting white American movie buff over 40 KNOWS that s his Annie Hall character even if they don t know his HHS character is named Mickey I had half a mind to chuck the whole damn book into the street and never look back Where have all the decent editors gone Phooey on this whole waste

  • Hardcover
  • 160
  • Hail, Hail, Euphoria!
  • Roy Blount Jr.
  • English
  • 03 May 2018
  • 9780061808166