1. In what ways does this scene from Bananas operate as both slapstick comedy and as parody?
To begin with, the humor of the scene is predicated by Allen’s dialogue. Ordering an inordinate amount of food for a rebel army from a restaurant is absurd. With this in mind, Bananas operates as a parody by lampooning war and armed rebellion. The visual of restaurant workers bringing in wheel barrows of cole slaw and thousands of sack lunches prepared for the rebels makes the scene work as a slapstick.
2. Do you agree or disagree with Mast in his view that Bananas more closely captures Sennett's style or spirit than The Great Race? Even if you haven't seen either film, you can base your analysis on today's Daily Dose vs. last week's Daily Dose from The Great Race.
I disagree that the scene from Take The Money and Run captures Sennet’s style. Again, the majority of the is predicated on dialague with the visuals of thousand of lunch sacks and wheel barrows of cole slaw as the payoff. In my opinion, this scene from Allen’s movie Sleeper better reflects the slapstick from the early days of silent movies.