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  1. I just checked my dashboard on Canvas, and the course for Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies has been removed from my student dashboard. Until today, the course was listed under "In Progress." Why was it deleted? This isn't already a problem before the course starts, I hope. Anyone else having this problem?
  2. Is slapstick mostly an American thing or are there examples from other countries. I think England has examples, but what about France, Japan, Russia, etc.
  3. Since we’ve been reading about the strong bond between the silent slapstick era and the talkie slapstick era, I couldn’t help wondering if the silent comedians who pioneered slapstick helped influence other cinematic genres, also. While watching Lloyd's feature film, Speedy, I was struck by the populist genre elements mixed into the narrative. Although the film is lighthearted on the surface, there's a sinister, underlying tension caused by the "big guy" trying to take down the "everyman" (aka the grandfather who runs a horse drawn streetcar). What’s interesting to me is that the story isn’t simply about one person taking on a bully. In the third act, it evolves into a story about a group of people (the Civil War vets and Lloyd) who come together to defeat an evil businessman. The ending celebrates the many, rather than the individual. Compared to Keaton and Chaplin, the addition of a group of allies seems like an atypical silent comedy plot device (I always think of Chaplin/Keaton defending themselves without help). After watching Dr. Gehring’s interview on Lloyd, I wondered if there’s a connection between Lloyd’s films/his everyman persona and 1930's/1940's populism. Dr. Gehring mentions Lloyd as an Upton Sinclair type and also discusses Lloyd's PR overkill in the 1920’s—his persona also seems to link very closely with the populist film genre. Conversely, I was struck by the similarities between Keaton’s stone faced gags and the dark comedy genre. As Dr. Gehring mentions, Keaton’s The General was essentially a comedy about death. The humor in the film was ahead of its time (the absurdity of life, etc). Keaton’s stone faced reactions to the destruction around him could almost be compared to Bud Cort’s stone faced portrayal of Harold in the 1971 dark comedy, Harold and Maude, and other performances in quintessential 1970’s dark comedies. Could Keaton and Lloyd (and Chaplin) have influenced future popular genres beyond the realm of slapstick? I'd be interested to know if anyone has read in depth on this topic.
  4. I've noticed some similarities between film noir & slapstick that previously I'd never seen. Primarily they involve subversion: class, age, social norms, morality, violence, exaggeration,& others. I'd love to learn how others may think about this, to me, previously non-considered similarities.
  5. Max Linder

    Will there be any information in this course on the great Max Linder ("L'homme au chapeau de soie")?
  6. In the Week 1 module, Richard notes that film scholar Don Crafton describes gags of early slapstick serving "as as a source of narrative 'excess'". In other words, gags tend to be breaks from the plot and traditionally storytelling, intending to be used just for exaggerated humor. What I'm wondering is if there have been gags, either in early slapstick or present-day, where they were crucial and pivotal to the progression of narrative--where the plot simply wouldn't drive forward without the execution of said gags? Buster Keaton--perhaps?--whose gags tend to be forces of nature outside his control, and which very often sets off the circumstances of the rest of his films.
  7. The Flintstones

    Since I saw a post dedicated to Tom & Jerry, I was wondering, is anyone a fan of the Flintstones? I have seasons 1-3 on DVD, and now taking this course of Slaptick Comedy, I find myself appreciating the cartoons I love, that fall under this category I mean, much much more! (It's obvious I am a huge cartoon lover, isn't it?) Also, I don't know if anyone has ever saw this similarity, but has anyone ever thought of I Love Lucy while watching the Flintstones?
  8. *I think my other post was deleted? If so thank you!* Anyways, I wanted to post this since the subject of slapstick in cartoons has been brought up, I was wondering how people feel about anime? I know most anime is rather dramatic and dark, but some of Japan's anime, is very humorous and beyond entertaining. I find myself enjoying it more than most live action comedy I see now a day. One example of an anime that to me, fills every ingredient to what makes a slapstick comedy is the 2006 anime "Ouran Highschool Host Club" which is about Scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, who is in debt to the school's host club boys for breaking one of their vases. In order to pay her debt of 8,000,000 Yen, she has to join the host club and pretend to be a boy. I for one adore this anime, and I find it's humor to be very exaggerated, type violent, traditional, and just overall fun, and I believe it would be fun for anyone who watches it. It has wonderful themes that not only touch today's society but I believe also hits back to the golden years, on both negative and positive sides. This is episode one, sadly you need a YT account to watch it, but if anyone is interested, I would be more than happy to supply a link where you can watch it! Both subbed and dubbed version! Does anyone else know or think another anime falls into this category? Do you believe that anime in general holds some form of Slapstick?

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