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How The World Wags:         very silly things

Kentish Sir Byng
 
Carry On Cleo [DVD] [1964]
Carry On Cleo [DVD] [1964]
"The best carry on film: slapstick, memorable punchlines, all the regulars at their best.  Where are my laurels? Oh silly me, I've been resting on 'em."
The Naked Anthropologist: Tales from Around the World (Wadsworth modern anthropological library series)
The Naked Anthropologist: Tales from Around the World (Wadsworth modern anthropological library series)
"Not as popular as The Naked Chef, few academics have followed this route."
Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
Sir Henry At Rawlinson End
"Spoken word and songs: Vivian Stanshall's ludicrous backwater, grotesque, funny, brilliant. I listen to it again and again."
Girls on the Run: A Poem
Girls on the Run: A Poem
"A novel in poetry that is hybrid, silly, sometimes opaque, always interesting. Follow Tidbit, Dimples, Pliable, Uncle Margaret, Rags the Dog and Mr McPlaster, the school principal. Sweet and sinister."
The Willowdale Handcar: Or the Return of the Black Doll
The Willowdale Handcar: Or the Return of the Black Doll
"horribly silly"
The Smallest Book in the World
The Smallest Book in the World
"a little light reading..."
Blithe Spirit (Classic Drama)
Blithe Spirit (Classic Drama)
"Noel Coward's plays sparkle on. A classic recording of 'Blithe Spirit'"
Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times [1936] [DVD]
Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times [1936] [DVD]
"Slapstick satire like no other. The one where the tramp gets stuck in the cogs, and the employee-feeding machine, the nonsense song at the Red Moon Cafe."
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [DVD]
Mozart: Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) -- Royal Opera House/Davis [DVD]
"An operatic character with a stutter?"
The Electric Spanking Of War Babies
The Electric Spanking Of War Babies
"p-funk master-work. let the spanking commence."
Bach - Cantatas
Bach - Cantatas
"coffee was the new thing all the rage when Bach lampooned it in this comedy 'Coffee' cantata. Good old Bach, he was a bit of a wag you know."
The Betrothed (Classics)
The Betrothed (Classics)
"There was once a vogue for parodying Homeric epic. What would start the great war? A pail of water?"
The Rape of the Lock and a Key to the Lock (Hesperus Classics)
The Rape of the Lock and a Key to the Lock (Hesperus Classics)
"Come, silly spirits..."
Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)
Old Masters: A Comedy (Phoenix Fiction)
"Morbidly silly..."
The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (FF Childrens Classics)
The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (FF Childrens Classics)
"complete nonsense, made-up words, strange drawings, runcible spoons and pea-green things, toeless pobbles and a luminous nose"
Magritte (Basic Art Album)
Magritte (Basic Art Album)
"each image a clot of life: a rain of men in bowler hats, horses galloping over cars, birds made of sky.."
Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)
Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)
"intricate and mad annotations to a poem, a fictional kingdom, adventure, jealousy, a chess-game, a bogus index, endless mirrors... I trust the reader has enjoyed this note."
Rides Again
Rides Again
"includes maybe the silliest Lady Be Good ever recorded"
Russian Ark [2003] [DVD]
Russian Ark [2003] [DVD]
"okay, not that silly, but there's one moment half-way through when a door is slammed, silence, and then a man in a wig opens it and makes a rude noise that I found so funny i laughed for 15 minutes"
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen -- Metropolitan/Levine [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]
"Brothers and sisters and birds and a tree and a catastrophe - an example of how the really rather silly can be exalted to great and moving heights by some brilliant, shifting, elusive music."
How the World Wags: Social Music for a 17th Century Englishman
How the World Wags: Social Music for a 17th Century Englishman
"includes Henry Purcell's bawdy round, 'A pox on you', complete with raspberry sounds and the immortal lyric: 'Why don't I, why don't I, why don't I let fly in your face?'"
Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies [DVD]
Walt Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies [DVD]
"Disney did silly as well as cute, you know; many composers have written a "hidden" silly symphony - Beethoven's Ninth is one of these."
Silly Sisters
Silly Sisters
"actually, a good folk album, a good way to say bye-bye to the silly for now. Now stop reading this list, it's far too silly..."