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bathos

Lit a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
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NAIR CALLS MONSOON WEDDING "a Bollywood movie, made on my own terms," and the picture--which arrives on American screens flashing its Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival and Golden Globe for best foreign film--does offer a few deliberate nods at the tacky visual effects and bathetic narrative gestures that permeate commercial Indian productions.
(Remember the phony photo-op on the Connecticut river?) While everyone expects politicians to employ image consultants, the idea that the vice president would need (much less heed) that partic ular sort of advice was bathetic at best.
Lloyd Webber's recent disaster, Whistle Down the Wind, was adapted from a film that had tiptoed along a frail line between bathetic charlatanry and genuine emotion.
Pick your own highlights - among 75 races are Istabraq's campaign of demolition, Osborne's emotional John Durkan victory on Coome Hill, Cyfor Malta's brilliant early season exploits and the bathetic tale of Teeton Mill.
It must be admitted that the contrast between the garden and the drum with the double-banked corridor of teaching rooms is a bit bathetic. The second floor of the wing is similar to the first - workmanlike enough, but rather dull.
It would be anti-climactic, even bathetic, for Satan's would-be captors to hug their weapons close to their bodies when Satan has just declared his intent to fight |all at once' (853).
The Gaite was the largest of these, renowned for its fantastic mix of acrobats, buffoons and bathetic lovers.
These acts of economy, sometimes subtle and sometimes slow, are in a sense a celebration of the bathetic. Assemble recognizes that sociality should not be a grand ambition; it is the very stuff of architecture.
In this first, eager sales pitch, the guide's verbal range reaches so far that it risks consuming her: "o"s and "b"s and "v"s stack up, bathetic punning ("behole!") gives way to literary allusion (the poster girl for tanning lotion becomes the religious epic guide).
But the great sacrificial scene was bungled in Vick's handling, with bathetic scrubbing down of a butcher's slab and no reaction at all from the protagonists at the surprise intervention of the supernatural voice of the deus ex machina.
More bathetic humor from budding Chilean gross-out director Nicolas Lopez ("Promedio Rojo").
But how did he achieve such influence, so that--to his dismay--his name became inextricably associated with the most bathetic examples of nineteenth-century design as well as the most glorious?