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  1. With the "setting of the stages" (on and off) and other technical and storytelling aspects, the audience views the beginnings of the 'Hitchcock touch". We have the theme of getting acquainted with the milieu and settings, as we will see in later Hitchcock films. There were no limitations, since this scene could have been done in a sound film with little or no dialogue.
  2. I never heard of Tati and Hulot. Nor have I seen "Mon Oncle". However, it was an intriguing and entertaining introduction to the actor, character, and film. For a movie about a man hesitant to a new society, the film gave me French New Wave and silent film vibes. It was humorous, witty, and fun.
  3. I found Mr. Hulot to be very observational and discerning. His surroundings didn't just surround him, he knew his way around his apartment and neighborhood. In a subtle comedic way, he would maneuver very quickly from one entrance, window, or way.
  4. I love this scene. I know the Marx Bros. are seen as "saturation comedy", but I feel this gag majorly influenced situational comedies. The physicality, moving parts, dialogue, and the scene itself, inspired gags, storylines and moments.
  5. Even though I wasn't too familiar of the work of Charley Chase, it was interesting to watch his short films. And to see how chase took mundane activities and turned them into slapstick features. 1. His expressions and actions were somewhat exaggerated. I didn't find them to be repetitive, and they could be viewed as ritualistic in a different fashion. Ritualistic in being a part of a daily ritual. (Like in the gag from "The Pip From Pittsburgh"). Make believe in circumstances and out-of-the-ordinary location. And make believe with the shiny suit- which some viewers may have not understood or found appealing. Just very slight pain with the perfume. 2. Yes, I believe the clip challenged that his greatest expression was exasperation, because I did not sense it was overbearing. I found him to be surprisingly subtle. 3. I think the scene transitioned well, the sounds set up and played to the gags. And while watching, I felt the technical aspects of the films felt a bit modern.
  6. Thelma was very gorgeous and very talented & funny as well.
  7. 1. Lloyd and Christy use the rides and attractions, as they go on their adventurous and fun, onscreen date. Realistic occurrences and occasional mishaps ensue. 2. First, I want to disagree that Lloyd is "freer with his actions. Because they are well thought out and meticulously executed. However, I can see how one could think the steps appear less stylized. 3. Lloyd added fun, lightheartedness, and warmth to comedy.
  8. 1. The piano, chandelier (light fixture), stairs, and the whole house were used or more seemingly were partakers in the gags, amusingly frustrating humans involved. 2. Like others in the chat have mentioned, I think Chaplin was more performer-like or acrobatic and Keaton was a regular person who realized he could do extraordinary things under certain conditions or duress. 3. Keaton added more realism to the gags and potentially plausible reactions to them.
  9. Chaplin's physical comedic skills are credible and beyond entertaining. You can clearly see his experience from vaudeville. He was able to vary the level of output. He could do a small, real world person stunt or gag, acts of a clown, or incredible acrobatic feats.
  10. 1. Yes, I agree with Canby. The visual comedies of today are missing a raw-ness, effortlessness, and the follow through with humor and laughs. 2. The physical use of space and setting played a role in helping with the gag, along with props. Also a connection piece in the story. 3. The gag contributes to influencing intricacies and cleverness of gags that followed.
  11. 1. Even though it is basically a matter of opinion or subjective, I do not think 1912-1930 was "The Golden Age of Comedy". However it was "The Golden Age of Slapstick" (spilling into the 30's). Charlie Chaplin is regarded as one of the greatest film comedians, and I agree with that sentiment. But I don't think I can pinpoint one era. I appreciate most of the fun comedians and comic actors from the 40-50s (for example, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball). And definitely the socially conscious comedy of the 60s and 70s (i.e. Richard Pryor). 2. No, I don't think the comedy was "completely" visual. Though it was largely based on what appeared on screen, evoked emotions and thoughts could come into play of comedy just as well as dramatic actions. 3.Documentaries, essays, and compilation films may leave impressions and influences on whom viewers believe are the best comedians and the best comedic films. But I think film-watchers should watch complete pieces and films to determine which are their favorite actors and movies.
  12. What About Jackie Chan?

    I thought Chan had some Slapstick influences. And you made some great points and had the research to back it up.
  13. What About Jackie Chan?

    I love Jackie Chan's stunts. And even more, now that I hear his influences.
  14. Chaplin's gags were done seriously, were thought out well, and achieved with precision. The scenes that come to mind, The Gold Rush's bread roll, The Kid's chase scene, City Lights' boxing match, and Modern Times' dangerous skating in a department store.
  15. What is Slapstick? A Discussion of Definitions

    (According to intro) Slapstick: involves exaggeration, is physical, is ritualistic, is make believe, is violent. I think the comedy could use each of these qualities individually or in most cases use all of the features together to make up the full form, for a prank or a gag, or for almost an entire movie.

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