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Daily Dose of Doozy #6: There Ain't No Sanity Clause: the Marx Brothers

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#81 ln040150


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 08:17 AM

Probably, The Marx Brothers are the apotheosis of Dale’s—and anyone else’s—definition of verbal slapstick. But, first, we should note that when Prof. Edward’s mentions “vaudeville and stage” he is indicating more than Broadway theater. This form of comedy dates all the way back, in terms of its roots, to Greek comedy. This verbal back and forth is certainly exaggerated and ritualistic in its nature; it retains elements of violence in that threat of violence is inherent in some of the statements, facial expressions and body movements, usually; some physicality often accompanies the remarks in order to dramatize them, although this is never required; and the concept of “make believe” always hovers over the scene in that one can only imagine such a conversation taking place. One of the “conventions” or “characteristics” of the Marx’s is the apparent improvisation of, in this instance, the difference in the length of the contract.
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Posted 13 September 2016 - 12:34 AM

Hi Everyone,


The sixth Daily Dose of Doozy will arrive in your email inboxes Tuesday, September 13, 2016. 


The second week of Doozies will focus on four clips from the "talkies" of the 1930s and 1940s.


If you didn't receive this Daily Dose, it will be archived starting at noon Mountain time on September 13, 2016, here at the Canvas course site: https://learn.canvas...y-dose-of-doozy


You will need to be enrolled in the Painfully Funny course to view the archive link. 


Begin your discussions!




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Instructor: TCM Presents: The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (2017)

Instructor: TCM Presents: Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies (2016)

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