A Marx Bros comedy lampooning governments and nationalism and war. Groucho Marx plays Rufus T. Firefly who becomes president of noble country Freedonia, and leads that country to a gag-filled victory over scheming rival country Sylvania.
Nothing is taken very seriously, everything is cue for a pun or
visual joke or song. Even in the mime scene where Harpo pretends
to be Groucho where the mirror got broken both sides know it's not
real, it's a game inside a game. This ludicrousness makes "Duck
Soup" a more profound commentary on the senselessness of power
politics than earnest works like Chaplin's "The Great Dictator".
The anarchy and non-sequiturs keep "Duck Soup" unpredictable to
watch, and also inspire later comedians. A film fit for Groucho
Marx who said he would never be a member of a club that would have
him as a member.
|Cast||Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx|
|Details||B&W 68 mins|