The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Paperback / softback Book

The Anatomy of Harpo Marx Paperback / softback


"The Anatomy of Harpo Marx" is a luxuriant, detailed play-by-play account of Harpo Marx's physical movements as captured on screen.

Wayne Koestenbaum guides us through the thirteen Marx Brothers films, from "The Cocoanuts" in 1929 to "Love Happy" in 1950, to focus on Harpo's chief and yet heretofore unexplored attribute - his profound and contradictory corporeality.

Koestenbaum celebrates the astonishing range of Harpo's body - its kinks, sexual multiplicities, somnolence, Jewishness, "cute" pathos, and more.

In a virtuosic performance, Koestenbaum's text moves gracefully from insightful analysis to cultural critique to autobiographical musing, and provides Harpo with a host of odd bedfellows, including Walter Benjamin and Barbra Streisand.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 388 b-w photographs
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9780520269019

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