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Last night Ian Nathan presented the latest in the series on comedy.

It’s obviously hard to cover this vast topic in an hour but nonetheless I was disappointed by the omissions.

Mel Brooks and The Producers got a deserved mention but not Woody Allen.

Although the point was made that comedy reflects national traits the programme did not look beyond Great Britain and the USA so one of the greatest post war talents – Jacques Tati – was ignored.

So was the Monty Python team.

Nor was  Will Hays, a most popular comedian, mentioned.

Ian Nathan seems happiest in the past with directors like Frank Capra and Preston Sturges.

The other odd element was that for a programme about comedy it was remarkably serious.


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About Neil Rosen

Neil went to the City of London School and Manchester University graduating with a 1st in economics. After a brief stint in accountancy, Neil emigrated to a kibbutz In Israel. His articles on the burgeoning Israeli film industry earned comparisons to Truffaut and Godard in Cahiers du Cinema. Now one of the world's leading film critics and moderators at film Festivals Neil has written definitively in his book Kosher Nostra on Jewish post war actors. Neil lives with his family in North London. More Posts