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M*A*S*H* (1970)

Set in the 1950s during the midst of the Korean War, Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H* (1970) is a comedic drama take on war that, in a sense, sets up its balance of the horrific and the comedic, the dramatic and the humorously macabre, from the opening credits, during which Johnny Mandel’s “Suicide is Painless” plays on the soundtrack. This suggestion that what is in some ways the most horrific possible act can be cast under and disregarded as “painless” goes right to the heart, in a way, of what M*A*S*H*’s sense of humor is all about – finding the sometimes grotesque laughter behind the everyday pain and misery. Continue reading

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