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Screwball comedies were made for only a short time relatively speaking in the history of American film They flourished under the Great Depression and went into their final phase just as the United States entered World War II Using social and sexual role inversion screwball comedy commented on life during the Depression The rich can be quirky yet still hold the capability to be regular people wealth and true love is attainable by the very poor and most importantly transcendence of class sexual and other differences is shown to be possible While their usage of sex and class reversal as a comic way to deal with a changing American society the best screwball comedies are ones that still have resonance for our modern society Many of these films are unsentimental yet extremely telling and oddly sympathetic about the way that people organize both their inner psyches and social spheres about sexual roles and most of all about how people fall in love Some of them wo uld later provide dark visions of relations between people and between people and the society that they live in Carole Lombard screwballs brightest female star began after her prototype Twentieth Century 1934 to accrue critical acclaim as a screwball dame referring to the dizzy scatterbrained state her film characters were in That explains the screwball of the phrase These films tend to include one or both of two important ingredients role manipulation either between sexes or between classes and more obviously wacky and oddball behavior- either by a daffy lovestruck and well-meaning character usually female or by a character who desperately needs to cut loose from the real world and proceeds to go temporarily insane usually male Usually the former is a catalyst for the latter from a somewhat stuffy fellow to a bubblehead who has learned to treat life and love as one big adventure A good example of such a transformative fluffhead is Lombard in My Man
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