CHARLIE BROOKER ON AIRPLANE!
SERIES THREE continues with an episode we've been trying to put together since day one: CHARLIE BROOKER talks about his love of Zucker / Abrahams / Zucker's never-bettered 1980 disaster spoof AIRPLANE!
We also talk about taking the influence of Airplane and Police Squad to make the three Touch Of Cloth films, and discuss the comedy of Black Mirror, the excellence of Robocop, and how the Adam West Batman series worked. It's a good 'un.
4/14/2021 01:05:49 am
Just listened to this after watching the film for the first time in decades. Loved the points you made about the film's precision, and the diversity of comedy - slapstick, wordplay, surrealism, cultural reference, design gags, scatological etc etc... One thing I love, which wasn't mentioned I think, (though related to both the above) is their ability to layer different types of comedy. Jokes in the foreground, middle background, dialogue and design simultaneously - not constantly, but when they want to. And the self-referential layers, like the shell shocked pilot who thinks he's Ethel Merman, played by the real Ethel Merman doing a pastiche of herself - or the kid recognising Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is either moonlighting as an airline co-pilot or playing himself playing himself playing a pilot in this movie...or something. Rather than break the fourth wall (or 'the rules', as you also say) it twists the fourth wall into a Moebius strip. Anyway...love it. Thank you for sharing, glad to hear what it meant to you all.
10/17/2022 08:51:47 am
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