Leave the gloomy winter weather behind and join us as we watch four Marx Brothers classic comedies including Animal Crackers
and A Night at the Opera
. Talented as individuals, magnificent as a team, and masters of wit and verbal timing, their work deserves its continuing popularity. Perhaps even more relevant today (although perhaps not politically correct by today’s standards) are their inventive attacks on the socially respectable and moneyed society and their merciless lampooning of pompous officials, higher education and warring states. We will supplement the screen time with some readings and discussions to put their work into the context of their times and ours.