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Duck Soup

Must-See Cinema! Much more fun than that other Marx guy!

Oiginal poster art for Duck SoupThe greatest of the surreally anarchic Marx Brothers movies, this is a breathtakingly funny and imaginative spoof of war movie heroics, with a couple of Ruritanian states going to war because someone calls President Groucho an upstart (anyway, he’s paid a month’s advance rent on the battlefield). Totally irreverent towards patriotism, religion (a song proclaims ‘We Got Guns, They Got Guns, All God’s Chillun Got Guns’), diplomacy, courtroom justice, and anything even vaguely respectable, it also includes what is perhaps the Brothers’ funniest scene ever: an immaculately timed and performed sequence with a broken mirror in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo look absolutely identical. A masterpiece.

–  Geoff Andrews, Time Out
 

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