The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Black Comedy

First of all... What's a Black Comedy on films?, here are some definitions of this subgenre of Comedy that can help us to understand it better:

1. Closely related to Satire, Black Comedy takes bleak or taboo subjects and treats them with bitter amusement.


2. Black humor, also called black comedy, writing that juxtaposes morbid or ghastly elements with comical ones that underscore the senselessness or futility of life. Black humor often uses farce and low comedy to make clear that individuals are helpless victims of fate and character.


3. A black comedy or dark comedy is a film that takes a heavy, controversial, disturbing, or generally off-limits subject matter and treats it in a humorous manner.

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  • The Mechanical Butcher
  • La paralytique
  • Explosion of a Motor Car
  • The Finish of Bridget McKeen
  • The Burlesque Suicide, No. 2
  • The Monster
  • The Terrible Turkish Executioner
  • Mary Jane's Mishap
  • An Extraordinary Cab Accident
  • Accident d'automobile
  • Dog Factory
  • The Magic Brew
  • Feline Follies
  • The Frozen North
  • The Mysteries of a Hairdresser's Shop
  • Beggar on Horseback
  • KoKo's Earth Control
  • Swing You Sinners!
  • Be Human
  • A Slight Case of Murder
  • Pantry Panic
  • El hombre que se quiso matar
  • Eloísa está debajo de un almendro
  • My Learned Friend
  • Chicken Little
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Money
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • The Cupboard Was Bare
  • Unfaithfully Yours
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets
  • The Great Madcap
  • Last Holiday
  • Stella
  • Tu m'as sauvé la vie
  • Chow Hound
  • Cheese Chasers
  • Behave Yourself!
  • The Hunting Ground
  • The Red Inn
  • Poison
  • Rooty Toot Toot
  • Romanian Farmer
  • Welcome Mr. Marshall!
  • Ditch
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
  • We're No Angels
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • The Ladykillers
  • Blue Cat Blues
  • Three Make a Pair
  • Baby Doll
  • How to Murder a Rich Uncle
  • The Naked Truth
  • Hello? Wrong Number
  • An Avenger
  • The Little Apartment
  • The Widower
  • A Bucket of Blood
  • The Gazebo
  • The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
  • The Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Wheelchair
  • Placido
  • The Key
  • Five Golden Hours
  • Ten Black Women
  • Usted puede ser un asesino
  • Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi
  • What a Carve Up
  • Divorce Italian Style
  • Human Zoo
  • The Hole
  • She'll Have to Go
  • Totò diabolicus
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Lolita
  • Diary of a Mad Old Man
  • Male
  • The Graceful Brute
  • Omicron
  • The Balcony
  • The Conjugal Bed
  • The Executioner
  • A Jolly Bad Fellow
  • The Comedy of Terrors
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Toto?
  • What a Way to Go!
  • Love
  • It's Not Just You, Murray!
  • The Heisters
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Nothing But the Best
  • Dandelions by the Roots
  • A Taste for Women
  • The Ape Woman
  • Strange Voyage
  • The Americanization of Emily
  • The Big Scare
  • The Great Spy Chase