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i have a student who's interested in writing about the incompetent hero in american movies, and asked me about such figures in movies from before the current century . . .  i immediately thought of woody allen but then drew a blank . . . can anyone suggest either a movie [or set of movies] featuring an incompetent hero, or an actor who regularly played the part of the incompetent hero?

many thanks

mike  

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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dana Polan
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] critical studies of MacMahonism?

Does anyone know a good study (essay or otherwise) of that French cinephilia phenomenon known as MacMahonism?  I assume there's some material in de Baecque's history of its rivals at Cahiers du cinema.  And I came across a few pages here and there, but I'd love to come across a fuller treatment of the phenomenon.

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