Replacing Anarchy With Satire In 'Duck Soup'

The Marx Brothers operate within a tight set of rules, irreverent as they may be.

We closely tie the wacky happenings of the brothers Marx with the word ‘anarchy’ because of the madness they wreak on screen surrounded by tight-lipped buzzkills. But what a new video argues is, maybe we shouldn’t?

The brothers operate in a unit with defined roles, stick it to the man in a number of relatively repeatable ways, and all have personal goals in mind – even if they’re as simple as chasing blonde women. What they’re really adept at is satire, which is a form of comedy that thrives under the rule of law.

Explaining their satire through a tight analysis of Duck Soup is a new video essay by One Hundred Years of Cinema.

Jacob Oller writes everywhere (Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Playboy, FSR, Paste, etc.) about everything that matters (film, TV, video games, memes, life).