1. Select one gag from this scene and describe why it is effective as visual and verbal comedy?
The final punch: Clouseau has fixed his tie, regains his self-composure, restores his dignity with “Well, we shall continue this at another time,” bows politely and elegantly, then walks into the wall on other side of the opened door. To repeat his drawing attention away from himself as when he blamed the cue rack designer, he scape-goats the absent architect.
2. From this scene, what are key characteristics you would use to describe Inspector Clouseau? Based on those characteristics, what makes Clouseau an effective slapstick character?
He is a romantic, proud, cultured and polite, declarative, counfounding, clutsy, self-effacing, accusatory, dead-pan, begrudgingly compliant.
3. Making fun of police/detective work is a line of slapstick comedy that stretches all the way back to Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops in the silent film era. What does Inspector Clouseau add to the history of slapstick characters in law enforcement?
He has a well-developed sense of culture and politeness inspite of his ineptness.
-Would you kill for her? “Ofcourse...not.” He’s a romantic, yet still true to is idea of being incorruptible.
-Still you shot.... Yes... Vehement, must now draw in his reins.
-Sees that cue is curved, but too proud to change it.
-rips cloth – oops – tries to fix it, obviously impossible – then is self-effacing and apologetic
- his presence as the heroic crime-fighting inspector gradually falls apart with each gag
-the obvious response after servant says phone call is for Mr. Clouseau ... “Ah, that would be for me.”
When he takes call, he is able to restore some of his dignity.
-Well-honed manners and use of big words, like “I wonder if you would oblige...” And he always addresses Mr. Bellont when he talks to him.
-Bellont asks Clouseau to put away his cue for him – Rather than being insulted, Clouseau is begrudgingly compliant.
-Cues all come loose – he continues to try to gather them – great physical comedy. Polite again, when he thanks the servant. Then blames a third-party, non-present scape-goat- the cue rack designer.
-fixes his tie, restores his self-dignity, says, “Well, we will continue,” bows and walks into wall.