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  1. Now here we go into some of the best verbal slapstick around, and I do believe the Marx brothers represent Alan Dale's definition quite well. They were so ahead of their time - I honestly believe that a large majority of modern slapstick stylings can be traced back to these guys. The repetition of the tearing of the contract and the back and forth of Groucho and Chico are, as someone else said here, a good bit like a verbal pie fight.
  2. I must say I've never seen Charley Chase before but now I'd like to see more of his movies. In the early days the slapstick was usually crazy over the top, but this felt more subtle and 'real'. And they were really using sound to their advantage, it's hard to get the tone of sarcasm from just words on the screen. Chase portrays a sympathetic/empathetic character and I do agree on the notion of expression exasperation very well!
  3. I never tire of seeing that gag. It amazes me how much real danger that was - 2 tons? Good gravy. I knew it was risky but not THAT risky. It takes some real courage and devotion to the art to take that kind of risk.
  4. It's amazing to me how slapstick has evolved - but not really. In reality we're using the same techniques, the same (relatively/sort of) gags and bits, the same setup and payoff type of beats. In A Dog's Life, you have Chaplin have a comical run in with the police - how many movies have we seen exactly the same sort of thing played out? There are universal themes we all feel and believe that really have changed in 100 years.
  5. Watching this with a critical eye, I am struck by the raw brutal but over the top and silly violence of slapstick - it's odd I never really thought about it until forced to look at it critically. I wonder what it is that makes us enjoy that sort of humor?
  6. What a very well done version of this gag - we've seen variations on this forever in film and tv, it's fascinating to see the original! Really well filmed and holds up quite well honestly - the age of it doesn't matter, it's still funny to watch. I think that's one thing about slapstick comedy - it may get more elaborate and crazy as we go along, but none of it ever really goes out of style!
  7. Bogart comes in as matter of fact stating he is Marlowe, and you get his vibe very early on. Bogart's Marlowe is a little more - devil may care, easy going - he gets the job done but in a more laid back manner. His Spade is much more hard boiled style PI.
  8. I'm not sure why but I almost feel a similar scene could have played out in Breaking Bad. This style of storytelling feels very modern - I could just see snippets of this cutting over to Gustavo Fring in Mexico. It's a jarring but interesting way to draw the eye in, plus it gets the boring details out of the way to start the story you're about to tell.
  9. The camera work in this one is quite good. the use of shadows cutting into the diner, its overly bright in some spots and dark in others. I love how the Swede is so cool and calm, not having any of the insanity of what's going on around him. But what did he do? It draws you in to a story immediately - but what could he have done? what was so awful, once?
  10. This is indeed an epic scene. Really rather sad and disturbing too - she's willing to go to great lengths to hurt Johnny as he hurt her...she's in complete control on stage but as soon as she's off, she's vulnerable again. Epic amount of sexual tension here, as she's portraying the 'fallen woman' and taking great delight in it...just an amazing scene
  11. This is one of my favorite films in the noir style. The framing of this dialog as it slowly goes in closer and closer gets just more intimate and more extreme as it goes along. It's brilliant. Honestly I bet this movie was very edgy in its time. It's a very dark plot. You don't often see 2 women playing this role in old school noir but its that same dark and gritty dialog you get from all the noir movies.
  12. That menacing and foreboding ticking of the clock was honestly really disturbing - at first it struck me as more horror than noir like. Until the dialog started you almost felt as though you were starting in on a Universal horror movie of that time. But as it pans out to Ray Milland and the dialog with the doctor begins, you have that typical gritty grimy feeling of the noir showing through. I found it oddly not as foreboding as some of the dialog from other clips yet it hinted at something more
  13. Marlowe is so cool, even cold and just to the point. He ain't takin' no guff, as they said back then, and isn't afraid to make people mad to do his job. Obviously very intelligent, observant and quick witted. That gritty noir style is well served with a detective like him.
  14. That opening voiceover is definitely classic noir - gritty hardboiled style. And now knowing that the book has that in the opening, I may very well be picking that up. The banter back and forth between Waldo and the detective is such good example of the writing in noir. Very enjoyable, honestly surprised I hadn't heard of this movie before.

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