Hail, Hail, Euphoria!
Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup, the Greatest War Movie Ever Made
By Roy Blount Jr.
(It Books, Hardcover, 9780061808166, 160pp.)
Publication Date: October 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Film & Video - History & Criticism
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Nearly eighty years after its release, the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup remains one of the most influential pieces of political satire in history. In Hail, Hail, Euphoria!, bestselling author Roy Blount Jr. tells the history and making of Duck Soup, examining the comedic genius of the Marx Brothers in their finest hour and nine minutes.
In Duck Soup, a slim, agile, quick-witted, self-assured young man is summoned to save a nation from financial ruin. As the nation's new president, he brings together a team of rivals, a band of brothers. Those brothers are Pinky, Chicolini, and Lt. Bob Roland. Their leader? None other than Rufus T. Firefly.
The humor and idiosyncratic wit of Duck Soup are saluted by the author's own in this gem of a book, offering a behind-the-scenes tale of show business and brotherhood that only a true Marx Brothers aficionado could tell.
“Hail, Hail, Euphoria! is the most lyrical, insightful, scholarly, illuminating and celebratory 144 pages I’ve ever sat down with. This book is a stream of fun.”
-Wall Street Journal
“Roy Blount Jr. knows from humor. In [Hail, Hail, Euphoria!], he sets out to remedy the lack of a scene-by-scene commentary on the Marx Brothers’ greatest movie, the sublimely nonsensical Duck Soup.”
“An essential read for Marx Brothers fans, those curious about the melding of war and humor in film, and browsers looking for a good read.”
“Readers will enjoy the stories behind this iconic film and the careers of the Marx Brothers.”
“Roy Blount Jr. deconstructs the Marx Brothers’ magic.”
-Los Angeles Times