Hammer & Tickle

Hammer & Tickle

2006-01-01
1h 29min
Comedy
For citizens of the Eastern Bloc, jokes were one of the only ways to vent displeasure with their regimes. Jokes were risky, though: at least 250,000 people were locked up under Stalin for telling jokes. Communist jokes poked fun at all aspects of life: shortages, the gulag, repression and communist language. Reagan had agents tasked with keeping him informed of soviet humour; he used them as a barometer of mood and as punchlines for speeches. Featuring animated and sketch-based visualisations of jokes, this film takes a chronological look at funny jokes and the serious efforts to contain them.

Director

Ben Lewis

Country

Canada, France, Germany, UK, USA
For citizens of the Eastern Bloc, jokes were one of the only ways to vent displeasure with their regimes. Jokes were risky, though: at least 250,000 people were locked up under Stalin for telling jokes. Communist jokes poked fun at all aspects of life: shortages, the gulag, repression and communist language. Reagan had agents tasked with keeping him informed of soviet humour; he used them as a barometer of mood and as punchlines for speeches. Featuring animated and sketch-based visualisations of jokes, this film takes a chronological look at funny jokes and the serious efforts to contain them.

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