Zach learns about comedy and why it is so subjective – also a brief dip into aspect ratios, and a director who had something to prove. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Spencer Tracy heads a hilariously zany cast that stars Hollywood’s greatest comedians (Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Jonathan Winters) and features cameo appearances by every joker and jester in the business, from Don Knotts and Jerry Lewis to The Three Stooges. Nominated* for six Oscarsr, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is “an explosive motion picture experience” (Variety). On a winding desert highway, eight vacation-bound motorists share an experience that alters their plans – and their lives! After a mysterious stranger divulges the location of a stolen fortune, they each speed off in a mind-bending, car-bashing race for the loot – and the most sidesplitting laughfest in history.

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Stephen mentioned a great video on the history of the aspect ratio. Here it is.

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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1 Comment

  1. Thorfinn
    July 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    In case you’re interested on why none of the characters end up with the money at the end of the film,
    I know Caper films from the 60s, where the protagonists commit plenty of crimes, never end up profiting from their crimes. I could name two major films that even young Zach would recognize, mainly because they have been re-made. I can’t say why film makers were afraid of showing criminal profiting from their crimes, but I suspect it has something to do with sending a bad message, or setting a bad example. I don’t believe someone going to rob a casino, or anybody else, just because they saw it in a movie. Even though I disagree with the sentiment, it did produce movies with rather interesting endings.

    Movies that are too long happen all the time. It can easily be said that the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was 40 minutes too long, and the second one was 151 minutes too long.

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