Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Duck Soup

US 1933, 1h10
Direction: Leo McCarey
Comedy, musical
English spoken, Dutch subtitles

“War is swell…when the Marx Brothers are in it. They’ll be out of the trenches by Christmas…if the food doesn’t improve!”

Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers’ most famous, funniest comedy is a masterpiece. In it, Groucho Marx plays the dictatorial president of Freedonia bent on war with neighbouring Sylvania. Harpo and Chico collude with both sides, to the despair of everyone.

Upon its release in 1933, the film was a flop. Audiences dropped out because of its lack of political respect, because of its bold jokes and cynicism in times of political and economic crisis.

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