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  1. Hi, sorry I am late with my post, we are remodeling our master bathroom!! I honestly looked up what people these days consider to be parody for answering my questions. 1. Bananas operates as slapstick and parody in many ways. It is slapstick when Allen "draws the short straw" Its par·o·dyperədē/ noun 1. an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. "the movie is a parody of the horror genre" synonyms: satire, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, caricature, imitation, mockery; More verb 1. produce a humorously exaggerated imitation of (a writer, artist, or genre). "his specialty was parodying schoolgirl fiction" when Allen orders an insane amount of sandwiches, even with "special requests" 2. I do not think Allen is trying to mirror Sennet's style. I personally do not care for Allen or his style. I think he tries to hard. I also think when he "writes" a screen play, produces and directs a film- he tries too hard to make EVERY character a version of himself. Thank you!
  2. Hi, 1. This scene looks like a live action cartoon in several ways. First how the hero is tall dark and handsome, dressed in a gleaming white suit- even his teeth sparkle!! The villains are dressed in black, have sinister mustaches, hats, and even black capes. Then the hero gets a glittering straight jacket strapped on as the villains sneak in the launch area inside of a bush, ready to use a large crossbow. 2. This pays homage to earlier slapstick on many levels. The setting, the audience to watch the stunt, the gleaming white clad hero and and dark sinister villain. The out come for the villains is also slapstick, they shot a hole in the hot air balloon that then crashes into then in the end. 3. The Great Leslie is the hero from his name, gleaming white outfit, sparkle on his teeth, and even swooning ladies. The villain is a stereotypical black clad gent with sinister intentions, even his entry to the scene was sneaky- coming thru a moving bush. Thank you
  3. Peter Sellers such a great slapstick artist! 1. Select one gag from this scene and describe why it is effective as visual and verbal comedy? The opening of the clip playing pool with a curved cue. Sellers can see it is very curved, yet he continues to attempt to use it. First with the curve up then down and cutting the felt of the pool table. 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? Inspector Closeau is alert, yet clumsy and inept to many things. This is what makes Inspector Clouseau an effective slapstick artist. His antics are laugh out loud. Just the simple act of placing a pool cue in place turns into a slapstick moment of wrestling with all of them 3. Making fun of police/detective work is a line of slapstick comedy that stretches all the way back to Mack Sennett's silent film era. What does Inspector Clouseau add to the history of slapstick characters in law enforcement? Inspector Clouseau adds to the long line of making fun of police/detectives. Inspector Closeau is a bumbling fool, who does try to solve the case but makes messes along the way. Thank you
  4. Hi, I watched nearly the whole movie last night and then slept thru part of it as I waited for laugh out loud moments. 1. As you carefully watch the scene, what do you learn about the character of Hulot (Jacques Tati) as he walks up to his apartment? As the character of Hulot walks to his apartment, we learn that he is a patient man who carefully and slowly makes his way thru the maze of the dwelling. 2. How is the building used to support Tati's physical comedy? I don't think the building supports his comedy. The building supports his daily exercise but not much else. Thank you
  5. Hi, I enjoy this class. Any reason to watch TCM more is great for me. 1. How would you compare Abbott and Costello's style of verbal slapstick in this clip with Groucho and Chico's style from Daily Dose #6? Its hard to compare apples and oranges!! I can safely say that both teams are comedians. Both have such different styles its really too hard to compare. 2. Wes Gehring's observation about the "polish" of Abbott and Costello's comedy routines is also a criticism of today's comedians that seem to lack "taste [and] timing." Even though it is a general comment, do you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with Gehring's lament about contemporary comedy. I AGREE with Wes Gehring completely!! Today's comedians do lack taste and timing. 3. For those of you more familiar with the overall film career of AbbottandCostello (beyond this brief clip), what do you think is their biggest contribution to visual and/or verbal slapstick? The child like quality of Abbot and Costelo's comedy is what I find endearing. They are not overtly over the top. They have visual gags and verbal humor as well. Thank you
  6. Hi, I did enjoy the direct no nonsense verbal jabs of W.C. Fields in the clip. 1. Compared to the last two Daily Doses, how does W.C. Fields verbal slapstick compare to and/or differ from Charley Chase and the Marx Brothers? W.C. Fields is direct and as I read in regards to the dose of doozy- confined his comedy to domestic life. The Marx Brothers brand of comedy is also verbal and witty in the use of banter. 2. Based on Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick, what are some of the characteristic verbal "gags" that you noticed in watching this clip? Feel free to share some of your favorite lines from the clip as well. I liked many parts of the clip, for instance where W.C. Fields swallows the cigarette as he decends the stairs, listening to how he shouldn't be smoking. W. C. Fields then opens his mouth, a puff of smoke billows out and he loses the cigarette when the child kicks him- then his wife exclaims how she knew he was smoking. Another funny moment is when his daughter introduces her beau and W. C. Fields declares that names sounds like a bathtub.
  7. First of all I do enjoy the Marx brothers. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? I think that Alan Dale's definition fits the Marx brothers perfectly. As if he wrote the definition for verbal slapstick just for their brand of comedy. 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? The witty banter used by Groucho and Chico is classic. Its funny and direct with out being rude or crude like today's humor. The way they tear up the contract as they read each clause, until ultimately Chico declares there is no sanity clause hits the nail on the head! 3. Which of the five conditions we associated with visual slapstick comedy (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent) remain operative in the use of verbal slapstick in the movies? It depends on the movie. This question is to broad and would require further discussion according to each movie in question. However, any or all of the five conditions can be present during verbal slapstick.
  8. First of all I do enjoy the Marx brothers. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? I think that Alan Dale's definition fits the Marx brothers perfectly. As if he wrote the definition for verbal slapstick just for their brand of comedy. 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? The witty banter used by Groucho and Chico is classic. Its funny and direct with out being rude or crude like today's humor. The way they tear up the contract as they read each clause, until ultimately Chico declares there is no sanity clause hits the nail on the head! 3. Which of the five conditions we associated with visual slapstick comedy (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent) remain operative in the use of verbal slapstick in the movies? It depends on the movie. This question is to broad and would require further discussion according to each movie in question. However, any or all of the five conditions can be present during verbal slapstick.
  9. Hello everyone, 1. The setting is Coney Island as the clip opens to a crab from Lloyds pocket pinches a bent over lady, who in turn thinks Lloyd was fresh with her and she wallops him. The crab continues to have its way pinching people on a spinning ride. Next we see Lloyd and his girl indulge in food. Then we think he got sick, but Lloyd is actually trying a lung test. A montage of Lloyd and his girl going on rides and eating takes place with relates to our own carnival/fair experiences. 2. I agree with Schnickel. Lloyd is free from low brow slapstick. His comedy is relatable and everyday. The clip shows how any of us have experienced a carnival/fair. There was no need for over the top antics like Chaplin or Keaton. Lloyd's comedy was very real in its portrayal. 3. Lloyd's contribution to slapstick was an everyday likability, He was a normal guy just trying to have a normal day at Coney Island, as simple funny situations kept happening to him.
  10. Hello everyone, 1. The visual elements make The Perfect Day clip a prime example of set becoming visual comedy. The setting is a "fun house" The short crooked porch, askew pillars, no front door, improperly sized roof, trampoline ceiling, and that piano. The camera is centered as we are bystanders watching this impossible situation unfold. 2. There are many differences between Keaton and Chaplin. Keaton is an open active participant in his comedy, even performing his own stunts. Chaplin has a sly, sneaky style in his comedy. Chaplin is the under dog, poor and mistreated. Keaton is an everyday guy who doesn't give up no matter how difficult and impossible the circumstances become. 3. Keaton added an immersive comedic style to this era. He performed his own stunts- which added to the story as it unfolded. The strong piano mover hands Keaton the piano. Then Keaton is immediately under it. Keaton tries to lift the piano with one rope and the weight of the piano lifts him and brings down the ceiling, only to launch the second floor resident. Keaton's comedy was not trying to gain or one up any one, he was comically going about his day. Chaplin's evades the law and rules, he also gains at other's expense.
  11. Hello Everyone, 1. I agree with Agee and Canby, that there is something missing from today's comedy in comparison to the silent era comedy. The simplicity and child-like quality make silent era comedy so endearing. 2. This gag is highly effective with its visual comedy for several reasons. The camera's central focus brings us in as a bystander watching what is happening. Its obvious that Chaplin is sneaking baked goods, yet the chef doesn't realized it. Chaplin quickly downs each one in one bite-nearly choking on one. Then as the plate of goodies dwindles in quantity, Chaplin pretends there are bugs and slides the plate over. Even then, the chef, still doesn't catch on. Finally the chef realizes Chaplin is eating the baked goods, grabs a salami, is ready to thump him- when Chaplin makes a quick escape- and the chef wallops the cop instead. 3. This gag's contribution to slapstick is simplicity and timing. These are two indispensable elements of comedy that current comedy often lacks. Thank you
  12. 1. I do agree with Agee and Youngston that silent comedy was the greatest era. They had to act thru the forms of slapstick to get their point across. 2. I also agree with the narrator that gags during the silent era were part of the films wit. The slapstick of the time was woven into each story line and plot twist. Most of this comedy disappeared but some did evolve even into the addition of sound. 3. I think that documentaries, compilation films and essays have a way of expressing the author's view point. However these forms of discussion only cement the silent era AS THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMEDY. These actors, directors and screen writers had to act out their ideas to get their point across. They could not audibly speak their mind but they showed it WITH OUT THE USE OF CRUDE HUMOR OR CGI. The silent era will always been seen as the best because it was the first form of comedy which even today we compare all other comedy to. Thank you SaveSave SaveSave
  13. The three clips from Chaplin's early career were so smart, simple and hilarious. I enjoyed the use of highlighting what to look for in Chaplin's physical comedy. Chaplin's comedic timing is perfect and clearly shown in the clips. I look forward to learning more from this class!!
  14. I enjoyed this basic and humble beginning to slapstick. The whole story was a delight to watch. The short film was tailored to evoke real laughter.

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