Comic and burlesque

Beyond the complex historical and stylistic references, Martial Raysse’s work is an inexhaustible source of humour, which can be found in the comic scenes that fill his compositions, in grotesque, terrible and unexpected situations that combine the burlesque and Hermeticism, in his gallery of figures and characters, in word-plays with ironic meanings, and even in his titles, ingeniously conceived to evoke popular language and the punchline of a joke. This satirical spirit emerges clearly in his films which, according to Philippe Azoury, transform themselves into ‘great parties, bachic, anarchic and depraved, an erotic and politial disorder that derives from the circus, with a sexual energy rarely seen in cinema’. This practice reflects a strong measure of criticism that occurs in all of Raysse’s work, as well as a strategy to attack the established order of things.