The Anatomy of Harpo Marx is a luxuriant, detailed play-by-play account of Harpo Marxas physical movements as captured on screen. Wayne Koestenbaum guides us through the thirteen Marx Brothers films, from The Cocoanuts in 1929 to Love Happy in 1950, to focus on Harpoas chief and yet heretofore unexplored attributeahis profound and contradictory corporeality. Koestenbaum celebrates the astonishing range of Harpoas bodyaits kinks, sexual multiplicities, somnolence, Jewishness, qcuteq pathos, and more. In a virtuosic performance, Koestenbaumas text moves gracefully from insightful analysis to cultural critique to autobiographical musing, and provides Harpo with a host of odd bedfellows, including Walter Benjamin and Barbra Streisand.... as Harpo, who, sitting on the couch while Chico and Groucho talk, maintains a spya#39;s posture, eyes attuned to ambient frequencies. ... a glad groundhog; but if you thwart him, he will bop you over the head with his honker, a subalterna#39;s scepter, providing a merely playpen sovereignty. ... Enthralling, the speed and efficiency of Harpoa#39;s reverse factory, an assembly line that destroys rather than produces.
|Title||:||The Anatomy of Harpo Marx|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 2012-02-29|