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  1. RhondaWI

    A Stan Sollars Specialty

    I thought it was neat because it paid homage to many aspects of what this course and prior courses were about.
  2. I agree with others on the styles that are what the studios want from dances. I do want to point out that when you look at Keeler, I believe they also focus on her facial features so that you won't realize that she isn't really using all her body the way Powell does as a dancer. I also think when we look at their dancing styles we need to look at the set design and the props that can be manipulated for use by each dancer. That then further sets what we, as the audience is seeing when we look at the dance in its entirety. If we could find a clip where the 2 dancers are just dancing on an empty stage, void of any other distraction than we really could go further on this topic.
  3. I think the way we see the characters in not such "nice"lights - the true sense of what they hide from others. I also like how the shadows of Grant in the doorway when he asks her to drink it - he's halfway in but tilted/leaning in the doorway - do we know the true sense of who is-more to come as the movie unfolds.
  4. As others have already said this is a homage to the days of silents- Perils of Pauline, the Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, but it also reminds me of Dudley Do Right. That has someone is trying to do something great or good - that things happen - they are funny but they happen. In the end things turn out fine but that is how Edwards even sets things up - you know that it just make not be as smooth as it looks.
  5. I agree with others who have responded to this topic that the gags have been covered and everyone did a great job. What I think needs to be pointed out is how Peter Sellers embodies a character - he truly becomes the person he is portraying. Whether it is from the Pink Panther or Dr. Strangelove - you believe he is the character from every nuance that can possibly be done - that then allows a gag - that is being reused become fresh again for the viewer.
  6. 1. The use of color allows a viewer to see how truly beautiful Lucille Ball was and how she can make any color be forgotten in her acting style. 2. You have the view of the entire room, the concept that they are truly embracing what is going on with the trailer, but the story continues from room to room. It is like a real trailer would be, not the set concept that is seen in sitcoms. His angles, the depth and the lining up of shots and props is perfect. They are tilted but the world still goes on-especially when she is trying to go to bed. She is going to read, she's tired, but the trailer is tilted (and more is yet to come with the outside scene) yet she moves on - her normal world is now tilted and his directing style now makes it our normal world - even though it is abnormal. 3.Lucille Ball, every gesture, smile, eyebrow raising, body movement can be poetry in motion. She controls the laughs - Desi is her straight man and he really is just there as a prop to a degree. Minnelli knows how to "harness" her talent - subtle, but not overbearing. Funny, but not too much. Loving, but not sappy. Great scene to watch.
  7. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World is one of my favorite movies because of the whole concept but then the cameos. It allowed me to watch a film with my parents and discuss the various stars in the cameos and what they were known for. I believe that cameos, if done right, can add to any film, but in particular comedy because it also plays to the intelligence and film background of the audience. I think many stars, especially in some time periods with their busy schedules as well as having private lives may not have the time to do a film, but can do a cameo. It also can be like a game for the audience as well. I think it also requires a great script, a fantastic director and crew to deal with cameos because the cast has been working together for a certain time and now a stranger, but not really a stranger is there - so what can we do to keep the integrity of the film going. What I hate is the actor who does it for the money, you can tell with their performance. One last point, Terence Malick comes to mind because when he did "The Thin Red Line" many actors just wanted to work with him and in particular, a World War 2 movie. They did it, some of the without pay and no credit just to be part of that film. That sums up also how any film and its creative team can be viewed - a gem to work wth and treasure always.
  8. Mr. Hulot is the kind man of the neighborhood. He takes care of others, even when they don't know it, yet his charm is disarming at times. The bulding helps his character be a fully developed "person" that one can relate to and the events that will arise from what he does.
  9. 1. I would compare Abbott and Costello's verbal slapstick similar to Groucho and Chico's in that they are delivering lines where 1 has to maintain the straight man point of view. However, unlike the Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello have a slower delivery - so the audience is able (and really should) to get every joke. The Marx Brothers are so fast that sometimes people are unable to get the joke at all. 2. I agree with Gehring because I believe that today's humor can be in poor taste, sexist, racist or just plain stupid. I think that these comics in this time period were more refined. They took time to set up a gag, which may happen over a series of scenes, but when it is delivered -bam-you laugh. Today, there's too much use of props, bad language and no real finesse to the joke. 3. I truly believe their facial expressions, body language and the chemistry that the two of them had. You can see that they truly work well with one another and that jokes. You can see how long they have worked together because their timing is unreal and it makes me wonder how many takes it took for some of their truly funny film scenes.
  10. W.C. Fields is someone that can make you laugh from a simple eyebrow lifted, to a gesture to the delivery of lines. Chase had that, but there is something more when a person watches Fields. The Marx Brothers do the same as Fields - one becomes part of the insanity - you suddenly realize that a sane person may not exist and that anyone who isn't in on the joke - you feel bad for them. For the second part it is as if we are in Fields' head as he is muttering to the camera, which is to himself, but really to us the audience - we become one with him and we are cheering him on as he has to deal with his family and other things thrown at him.
  11. RhondaWI

    Breakdown of a Gag, Episode 5: Playing Games

    What I like about this clip and the entire concept is that we are a nation that idolizes sports and sports figures - what better way to get interest but to combine comedy and sports. The physicality of the gags and the way the audience reacts is always fun to watch.
  12. 1. I would say that they could be the poster child or working definition of Dale's verbal slapstick. However, as I've looked at other replies on this topic I have to agree that Grant and Russell in "His Girl Friday" is also wonderful - my students in my film class are amazed at how fast they can talk and not goof up. I also think if you want a TV show comparison - Gilmore Girls-fast dialogue with so many nuances and cultural references. 2. One that stands out in my mind is the idea that Chico should sign the contract and Groucho is shaking the pen and he says that it's okay that he can't write because the pen has no ink. Also the Sanity Clause is nice as well. 3. exaggerated.
  13. 1. I see the pain and the frustration that he is going through because of the what he thought the date looked like and the reality of her appearance. He also goes through pain with the water shooting at him as well as having to deal with a woman that he's not interested in at all. So you see him coming up with very inventive ways to solve the situation that he got himself into. The exaggeration of having one woman look for a lunch from another woman shows also a sense of make/believe. 2. I agree that he truly exhibits exasperation. He just can't believe how things are progressing-yet he finds a way around every issue. 3. I think it does a nice job with sound and music, but you can also sense that they don't know how to handle the full aspects of sound and gags.
  14. I've seen the clip and truly appreciate Lloyd. When you watch it -it is totally relatblbe in that everyone wants to go to the amusement park or to go on rides and have fun. We see specific things that we know go with this type of outing and the relationship between the characters and then gags ensue. We can appreciate Lloyd because it doesn't seem contrived, but something that really could happen when our luck starts to fail and issues appear. I believe Lloyd showed that you don't need elaborate props or sets to make people laugh, but that anything, done properly can get a laugh out of people.
  15. I think that Fatty Arbuckle is one of those comics lost to history because others will surpass him in their innovative ways. That is why this is a great segment to watch for me. We see Fatty doing his bit, we see the early makings of Keaton, but then the artistry of Lloyd. Everyone who has every watched an old movie set at a carnival or gone to one is familiar with these games, but Lloyd does take it the next step because he allows us to continue along with him. Anyone would be confused and unsure of what was going on after the hit he took - but rather than doing the normal "scratch my head, I feel ill" -he goes to the mirrors and works with the concept of "oh my what has happened" - which takes Fatty's idea in a new direction for a new audience.

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