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4,426 Ratings

Duck Soup

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1933
Comedy, Musical


After the tiny nation of Freedonia becomes bankrupt, Rufus T. Firefly is named president at the insistence of wealthy benefactor Mrs. Teasdale. When neighboring Sylvania is revealed to have designs on Freedonia and Mrs. Teasdale, the countries must go head to head.

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Duck Soup Directed by Leo McCarey
Beginning with a flash of NRA’s eagle that progressively gets more ironic, Duck Soup’s debauched satire of petty warfare and monied politics has a potent resonance equaling its vaudevillian absurdity.
September 21, 2016
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McCarey consistently brought a communal approach to the construction of his films. He was known for playing a piano on set while thinking of where next to take plots, which inevitably developed from the bouncing energies shared among his lead actors’ personalities. Few better examples could be concocted than the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup(1933).
July 14, 2016
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You know that thing where you think you love a movie, one you’ve seen many times, one you first caught during your childhood, one which you then grew up with, one you owned on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray? And then it becomes one you watch again, primed to be smothered with a feeling of reflex adoration and… nothing?
January 15, 2015
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