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The Last Laugh takes a fresh -- and unexpectedly funny -- approach to sensitive subject matter, uncovering affecting insights about the nature of comedy along the way.
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An eye opener in every sense
In its own way, "The Last Laugh" is a celebration of Jewish humor, not just its importance as a survival technique, but also just how much it has shaped our culture.
Is laughter a palliative? The only weapon of the powerless? Perhaps significantly, the film ends in tears.
At a time when many of us look to comedy to keep us sane, the question is especially pertinent, although the answers here aren't especially penetrating.
At times haphazard but always involving ...
Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh is a rather safe and genteel documentary about the limits of humor (especially as they pertain to the Holocaust), but it opens with a subtly provocative sequence of events that's hard to shake.
The Last Laugh doesn't have many answers. But the questions it raises are worth their own sake.
The Last Laugh is thought provoking in its analysis of both the cultural identity of the Jewish people and the anatomy of a joke.
Pearlstein asks the big questions, and sometimes the answer is a tear, sometimes a laugh, and always profound.
What upends The Last Laugh is that the scenes with Firestone, which take up a good percentage of the screen time, follow the template of scores, if not hundreds, of Holocaust-survivor documentaries.
What makes The Last Laugh different from so many other Holocaust documentaries is that it is the first to explore the comedic perspective.
Ferne Pearlstein does well to keep the questions coming and the conversation a rich one, presenting to a wide audience the kind of kibitzing that has characterized Jewish comics.
This was an enjoyable film I saw at the 2016 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. Comedians old (Mel Brooks) and new (Sarah Silverman) talk about whether there are taboo subjects in comedy. They particularly talk about laughter related to the holocaust. In parallel to this the director interviews a mother and daughter. The mother is holocaust survivor Renee Firestone who has held onto a sense of humor and joy for life despite the horrors she experienced in her youth.
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