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Apr 3, 2016

"Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head or tail out of it."

Welcome back for another fun-filled episode of FYC. Since our schedule did not allow this week for an April Fool's Day release we decided to celebrate, if only in spirit, by embracing the day and looking at one of the very few comedies featured on the best-of-the-best lists, Duck Soup. The 1933 farce features the four Marx Brothers in their last film together as a quartet as well as their last film released by Paramount Pictures. In it they play characters belonging to two separate nations on the brink of war; Groucho and Zeppo as part of Freedonia and Chico and Harpo as spies for the neighbouring country of Sylvania. Widely considered by critics to be a masterpiece, Dustin and Mike do their usual persnickety job of putting popular consensus to the test and judging if a movie looks like a classic, and is treated as a classic, is it, in fact, a classic?