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Duck Soup [1933 film] by Leo McCarey

Duck Soup [1933 film]

by Leo McCarey (Director), Bert Kalmar (Screenwriter), Harry Ruby (Screenwriter), Arthur Sheekman (Screenwriter)

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(Duck Soap, Usa 1933 b/n 68') Leo McCarey. Con Groucho Harpo, Chico e Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumond, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern, Edgar Kennedy, Leonid Kinsky, Edwin Maxwell, Fred Sullivan, Davison Clark. * Le casse di Freedonia sono vuote: nel riempirle la ricca signora Teasdale (Dumond) impone come Presidente Firefly (Groucho), i cui metodi hanno l'arroganza del dittatore e la follia dell'anarchico. Il suo orgoglio farà scoppiare una guerra col vicino stato di Sylvania, che riuscirà a vincere malgrado l'incompetenza sua e dei suoi aiutanti (Harpo e Chico). Il quinto lungometraggio dei Marx (sceneggiato da Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekma e Nat Perrin) parte come una parodia dell'operetta lubitschiana d'ambientazione mitteleuropea, per diventare una satira politica antimilitarista cha anticipa il grande dittatore di Chaplin. McCarey, forse il miglior regista che abbia diretto i Marx, elimina gli intermezzi musicali cari al gruppo, mette in primo piano le pantomime di Harpo per il quale inventa le sequenze del venditore ambulante), contiene i giochi di paroledi Groucho e costruisce un intreccio di gag surreali con un ritmo visivo irresistibile. Quando uscì fu un mezzo fiasco, e venne rivalutato solo negli anni Sessanta, in piena epoca di controcultura. In Italia fu proibito dal fascino e giunse solo nel dopoguerra. Ultimo film interpretatao da Zeppo Marx. Noto anche come Zuppa d'anatra. ( )
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Dated as "Duck Soup" inevitably is in some respects, it has moments that seem startlingly modern, as when Groucho calls for help during the closing battle sequence, and the response is stock footage edited together out of newsreel shots of fire engines, elephants, motorcycles, you name it. There is an odd moment when Harpo shows Groucho a doghouse tattooed on his stomach, and in a special effect a real dog emerges and barks at him. The brothers broke the classical structure of movie comedy and glued it back again haphazardly, and nothing was ever the same.

Note: Why the title? The critic Tim Dirks explains: "It is claimed that Groucho provided the following recipe: `Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you'll duck soup the rest of your life.' "
The Marx Brothers in their greatest movie—a semi-surrealist farce about war. With Margaret Dumont, Edgar Kennedy, and Louis Calhern. The unsentimental screenplay is by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, who also did the songs.
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McCarey, LeoDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kalmar, BertScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ruby, HarryScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheekman, ArthurScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dumont, Margaretsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marx Brotherssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marx, Chicosecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marx, Grouchosecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marx, Harposecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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As Prime Minister Firefly of Freedonia, Groucho soon reduces the kingdom to shambles. Harpo and Chico are secret agents disguised as peanut vendors and Zeppo is Firefly's secretary.

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