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Are we seeing the end of the comedy film?

The golden era of comedy movies has passed. Is the internet to blame?

By Caspar Salmon  

Why the death of film comedy? The dual explosions of television and the internet are in large part responsible. Credit: Amazon Studios/Album

Recently the popular film website Indiewire published a list of the greatest comedies of the 21st century. As with many similar attempts, it was widely derided. At the very top was Alexander Payne’s Sideways (that famous laugh riot about two lonely wine buffs who, in the course of alienating everybody around them, offer up a bleak portrait of existential desperation) while Lost In Translation and The Grand Budapest featured in the top 10.

These films aren’t devoid of the odd amusing moment—for instance, this writer was memorably seated right next to Michael Portillo for Lost In Translation, and…

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