1924sherlockjr

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About 1924sherlockjr

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  • Birthday 05/12/1954

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    old movies, birding, camping

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  1. I enjoyed this course. I still refer to the Film Noir course often and it has enhanced my enjoyment of noir movies and now take notice of directors and things like lighting and types of shots because of it. I hope these types of courses will be offered again tied in with TCM. I would love to see a course on Silent Films and Imports as well. I am 62 and retired and courses like these let me feel like I am still not too old to learn while enjoying contact with all age students as well. Thank you so much, Sharon Graff
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    NEXT YEAR!

    I would like Silent films as a first choice and as a second, Imported Films. I hope to see another class tied to TCM no matter what the next topic is. Thank you.
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    Problems with Canvas Dashboard?

    I cannot get the Golden Age Of Comedy, The (1957) -- (Movie Clip) The Laugh Factoryclip to work for the Daily Dose 1 that I received through my email. Is there another place in the class pages that I can go to watch it? Thank you.
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    has tcm changed lately?

    I am disappointed when I see a newer movie on TCM. It seems to be a special place for the old films and unless it is a special showing for a related class, as with Noir or Comedy, I don't like to see them listed. It seems like they are catering to a group that can find those movies on other cable channels so please don't taint TCM.
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    Holiday Movies

    I am disappointed that they show the same movies over and over. One Christmas they showed "The Cheaters" with Joseph Schildkraut and I have never seen it listed again. There are also many movies, including Noir that take place during Christmas. It would be nice for someone to research movies other than the standard ones that take place during Christmas and do a day or more of just those movies not usually thought of as Christmas. And repeat these, especially The Cheaters more than once through the month.
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    TCM On Demand complaints/requests

    I think I posted this in under the wrong topic earlier so I will repost it here. I would like to see more intro/exit comments on the comedy movies that the TCM related course is highlighting. With the TCM Noir, the only movies that had intro/exit comments were the 3 during prime time on Fridays. The Slapstick movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays but I am sure the intro/exit comments are also just on prime time. The next time a class is connected to TCM it would be wonderful if all the related programs had some type of intro/exit, even if it is just the TCM shorts they do on some of the main stars. I have seen shorts on the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd, Lucille Ball, etc. and those would even be a nice intro before the movie.
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    Need variety in movies

    I enjoy a theme of types of movies. That makes it easier to record a genre I like and not bother with a day of something I don't care for. I especially liked August with a whole day of stars. I would like to see a whole day of those "character actors" like William Demarest or Eve Arden. It is hard to find their movies as their names aren't usually listed in the descriptions.
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    Why so GLUM TCM?

    I would like to see more intro/exit comments on the comedy movies that the course is highlighting. With the TCM Noir, the only movies that had intro/exit comments were the 3 during prime time on Fridays. The Slapstick movies are Tuesdays and Wednesdays but I am sure the intro/exit comments are also just on prime time. The next time a class is connected to TCM it would be wonderful if all the related programs had some type of intro/exit, even if it is just the TCM shorts they do on some of the main stars. I have seen shorts on the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd, Lucille Ball, etc. and those would even be a nice intro before the movie.
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    Breakdown of a Gag, Episode 1: Chaplin's Physical Comedy

    Watching a Chaplin movie for the first time last year, I knew there was a social message but I had no idea that there were actually elements to slapstick humor, the set-up of the gag, the execution physically, thinking through what is going to be done with physical comedy and how it relates to this physical set. And then the humorous payoff with the social commentary in the events of the scene, wow. I had no idea. Hense the reason to take the course. I learned so much last year from the Noir Course and now look at Noir so differently now, taping every movie I think might be Noir so when I saw this course on comedy, I had to try it too. And it is not disappointing. This is wonderful and I am ready to tape all the movies so at a later date when I can sit and watch them with my new found knowledge looking for the elements as well as the five conditions of slapstick.
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    What is Slapstick? A Discussion of Definitions

    I agree with the definitions but no, I do not think that slapstick has to include all five conditions. I don't think all slapstick is always physical. Although the scenes that precede this scene are violent. Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill is just standing in front of a house when the house comes down all around him but he is in the space for the window and never moves and remains unharmed. Also, that scene is not violent as it didn't hit him yet gets a strong reaction from the audience. I don't think all slapstick is violent. (I Love Lucy – the candy on the conveyor belt is funny and I believe slapstick but is not violent. I don't think all slapstick is repetitive. Sometimes once is funny and enough. And if the water hose was to be done again, it would not work. I don't think all slapstick has to show that it is imaginary. Again I use the same example because I am unfamiliar with slapstick which is why I am taking the course. But in the I Love Lucy show which I am assuming is slapstick, in the conveyor belt scene, there is physicality, repetitive behavior, exaggeration in behavior but not necessarily imaginary. It seems like a situation that someone could have happen to them if the same situation occurred. Conveyor belts did exist then for many jobs and maybe this was one of them.
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    Problems with Canvas Dashboard?

    I cannot seem to get a photo posted on the message board. I don't see many with a photo so I was wondering if that function is working yet?
  12. I am new to slapstick with the exception of enjoying a Buster Keaton movie or the old I Love Lucy Shows. I use to like film Noir, or so I thought until I took the class like this on Noir last summer. Now I feel I ENJOY film Noir. It is so different with a background in the hows and whys. I hope this class does that for my enjoyment of slapstick and opens the door to watching so many more films on TCM that I have been ignoring. The first short of course made me laugh and brought back memories of doing my own slapstick with kids in grammar school. It never gets old even though you know what is going to happen.

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