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A Place To Tell Dr. Edwards Thanks (and any one else you'd like to thank)

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        This course has been a wonderful experience, and I would like to express my thanks to Dr. Rich Edwards, Ball State University, Canvas Network and Turner Classic Movies for having offered it. Additional thanks are offered to Dr. Wes Gehring and Vince Cellini for their valuable contributions. This is my first experience with an online course, and it was so compelling that I participated at a much higher level than I had expected.  The message boards really drew me in.  Thanks to my fellow students for their insightful comments.  The films were well chosen and supported the general thesis and its arguments (I did actually watch them all).  As a result, I saw lots of old films in a new light and a few films I had never seen.  The time has passed quickly.  My understanding of the history of slapstick comedy has been greatly increased.   I am saddened that it has ended but grateful that it was offered.

 

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Dr. Edwards did a great job of putting slapstick in the context of cultural history and providing back stories on many of the famous and not-so-famous (at least to me) personages involved. Thank you. Can we call you the Muncie Movieologist?

 

I'd love to give a HUGE thanks to my friend Brad who agreed with me to enroll in this course and planned to watch the TCM programming with me. He flaked out so much that it inspired me to keep on top of things and complete the course. Just so he'd feel extra dopey.

 

And thanks, TCM. You're a great channel. I cannot wait for alternate methods of subscribing to your channel that don't involve cable/satellite providers.

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Thanks for the insight on slapstick through the years it has help me have a better understanding of it. I look at the silent era comedies differently now and I really enjoyed the class. Maybe in the future we can explore science fiction because I really enjoy sci-fi.

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I forgot to thank Mr. Cellini and Dr. Gehring and TCM for helping with this course. Here is a joke: Do you Know what you get when you have a werewolf on the beach? Answer, Sandy Claws

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And I forgot to thank TCM, Ball State U, the Canvas Network and Greg P ... Thanks everyone

Just completed my final so now I'm looking forward to the next movie course. I'm putting in my vote for Science Fiction or Horror but I enjoyed this course so much I'm game for just about any future TCM sponsored course with Dr. Edwards. Thanks again.

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Thanks for a well planned, engaging curriculum.   Beyond learning about the evolution of comedy in film, I was instructed on how to evaluate films by identifying cinematic techniques, theatrical/literary devices, and acting.  As an added note, TCM aired about four Keaton films back to back this morning.  The other night I spotted three of the original Frankenstein horror films.  Anchorman 2 is airing as I write this.  I have plenty of opportunities to keep practicing what I’ve learned.

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Thanks to Dr. Edwards, TCM, Canvas, and all who made this course possible.  It went so fast.  Seems like we just got started and now it's over.  It was a joy and I learned a lot.  I especially appreciated that the film offerings were shown on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings -- instead of all day on Friday, as was the case with the Film Noir course last year.  Because of that, I was able to watch many of the movies that were featured.  I'm looking forward to another course.  Can't  wait to see what's next!

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I am sad our class has come to an end. I find myself procrastinating and browsing all our discussion and saving a couple films on DVR for the next couple weeks and rewatching some during this spooky/spoofing holiday season.

I am so thankful for this opportunity to be part of this brilliantly prepared course by the wonderful Dr. Edwards and the key speakers Greg Proops, Vince Cellini, Dr. Wes Gehring, and slapstick peeps on discussion boards. The film lineups were spot on and provided a remarkable journey through the coming of age of slapstick. All I can think is WoW I have been blessed. Thank all of you so much for introducing me to new actors and movies and sharing all your knowledge. It's been fantastic. A fun fact: Groucho jokingly said once he wanted his epitaph to read "Excuse me, I can't stand up".

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I must say it was quite a thrill to be able to use my illegitimate knowledge of slapstick history in legitimate ways---not least, as part of the one and only Fan Panel. We really must do more of them, because knowledge (if you'll pardon the expression) is like manure. It's useless unless you spread it around.

I found it very intellectually stimulating to learn from Dr. Edwards and from my fellow students, who find discovering new information as exciting as I do.

I'd love to see an online course focussed entirely on slapstick shorts, one on silent slapstick shorts, and another on just the Hal Roach Studios and/or Laurel & Hardy. Due to international rights issues preventing films from being aired on TCM outside the USA, it would be very helpful to have a private YouTube playlist of the films to be studied, accessible only by registered students. If we did a course on Laurel & Hardy, I could upload some of the super-rare international versions of their films. That would be really exciting!

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From Robert Benchley's 1937 essay, "Why We Laugh - Or Do We?"

"In order to laugh at something, it is necessary (1) to know what you are laughing at, (2) to know why you are laughing, (3) to ask some people why they think you are laughing, (4) to jot down a few notes, (5) to laugh. Even then, the thing may not be cleared up for days."

It's been a pleasure interacting with you, Mandroid51.


You too! Thanks for the list. At first I thought Peter Benchley but did a double-take and realized it was Robert Benchley ;)

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And I forgot to thank TCM, Ball State U, the Canvas Network and Greg P ... Thanks everyone

Just completed my final so now I'm looking forward to the next movie course. I'm putting in my vote for Science Fiction or Horror but I enjoyed this course so much I'm game for just about any future TCM sponsored course with Dr. Edwards. Thanks again.


I'd second that!

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  Thanks to Dr. Edwards, Ball State U., TCM, Canvas, Mr. Proops, Mr. Cellini and Wes Gehring for another fine and well-coordinated on-line course. As with the Film Noir class, I learned a great deal about the surprisingly many layers of film with this slapstick course. It ended all too soon. I especially enjoyed the Lucille Ball and Marx Brothers referenced material. The comments written by the other students on the TCM message boards shared some valuable insights as well.

  This well-thought out concept of teaching truly makes learning fun. I am looking forward to other classes taught by these folks, Dr. Edwards, Ball State U., and TCM and Canvas.

  Hitchcock anyone?

Best.

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Thank you Dr Edwards and everyone involved. I know courses take time and research.The course exceeded my expectations. Very well done! I look forward to the next one

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I possess an undying love for film and its history. I admire the artistic processes, sacrifices, and the finalities of artists' endeavors. And these statements are the exact reasons why I went full nerd (and I do mean full nerd) when I was informed of this Slapstick course. I did the same with the Film Noir course last year.

So, I cannot say thank you enough to Wes Gehring, Vince Cellini, TCM, Canvas, and most of all Dr. Edwards. Yes, Dr. Edwards. You are incredibly rich in both insight and knowledge of film. It's as though you were somehow transported from the film noir and slapstick decades- a direct link to these times past.

I cannot image the amount of time you lend to these courses; creating assignments, collaborating on videos, conducting live tweeting, etc. Thank you for your generosity in sharing yourself, your time, and your knowledge with all of us forever students of film. With both courses (Film Noir & Slapstick), I have gained so much more insight and knowledge, which I will carry with me into every theater/film viewing I attend.

And thank you to everyone within the threads. Your perspectives and insights further added to my understanding of film, broadening my own knowledge. Thank for each post, thank you for the conversations.

Many thanks to you all! Keep watching, everyone! Until next time! :)

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My first comment is "When does the next course start?" I have helped many students over the years with their online classes but never took one myself. This has been a super experience for me. I want to thank Dr. Edwards, Vince Cellini, Dr.Gehring, the tech people who kept everything running, TCM and Ball State University. I learned many things about slapstick that I never knew. I enjoyed the many posts from my fellow students. I was very impressed with the level of knowledge that people exhibited and shared during the course. The one area that I found most interesting was the fact that so many authors and theorists have examined comedy / slapstick and have proposed ideas on how "it really affects us". I hope to read some of these other works to include those by Dr. Gehring. I hope that Dr. Edwards teaches another TCM course soon. I think that the Pre-Code history/ films of Hollywood might be very interesting. Best wishes to all and good luck to my fellow students!

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This has been a very positive learning experience and fun to boot.  My many thanks to Dr. Rich Edwards, Dr. Wes Gehring and Vince Cellini for all your efforts to make learning slapstick film history such a rewarding and pleasant experience!  It has all been deeply appreciated and our collective knowledge of comedy on film has been elevated to a higher level of understanding and awareness of the creative process.  Thank you all so much!!!

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I want to thank Dr. Edwards, everyone who made this course possible and to my peers who have made this experience so enjoyable and enriching! I truly enjoyed this little journey and I couldn't be more grateful to everyone who made this possible and wonderful. Now I will be able to see comedy/slapstick in a much better light and appreciate it's beauty more. I do hope there will be more classes in the future, I am already looking forward to it! Thank you everyone, especially you Dr. Edwards for not only gracing us with your knowledge of movies, but for making us feel so comfortable, so at ease... this is more than just a class, it's a family!

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And a special thanks to all of my classmates who's posts and commentaries helped make me think outside the box and from within a different pair of shoes!  It's been a collective process and even when we don't agree...it gives pause for thought and as long as we are made aware of different perspectives, we keep learning. Thank you all!  Now, brandy!  Throw more brandy!!!

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I really, really wish I could've dedicated more time to the course. Like with #NoirSummer, work and some personal situations prevented me from being more involved. But still, I enjoyed it a lot. From the course modules, write-ups, and videos to the forum interactions and contributions, and obviously the films!

 

I told Dr. Edwards on Twitter from the time he announced it, that his involvement in the course was a huge plus for me to enroll. As a matter of fact, it was right when I read that he would lead the course that I enrolled. I admire his enthusiasm and knowledge of film and I thank him for doing this once again. Just let me know when's the next one and I'll be there!

 

Obvious thanks to Vince Cellini and Wes Gehring for their contribution. And a big thumbs up to TCM!

 

Thanks also to anyone that followed me on Twitter. It was a pleasure, and hope to join all of you on the next course. I'm advocating for a horror course!!  :D

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I really, really wish I could've dedicated more time to the course. Like with #NoirSummer, work and some personal situations prevented me from being more involved. But still, I enjoyed it a lot. From the course modules, write-ups, and videos to the forum interactions and contributions, and obviously the films!

I told Dr. Edwards on Twitter from the time he announced it, that his involvement in the course was a huge plus for me to enroll. As a matter of fact, it was right when I read that he would lead the course that I enrolled. I admire his enthusiasm and knowledge of film and I thank him for doing this once again. Just let me know when's the next one and I'll be there!

Obvious thanks to Vince Cellini and Wes Gehring for their contribution. And a big thumbs up to TCM!

Thanks also to anyone that followed me on Twitter. It was a pleasure, and hope to join all of you on the next course. I'm advocating for a horror course!! :D


Here here!

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And a special thanks to all of my classmates who's posts and commentaries helped make me think outside the box and from within a different pair of shoes! It's been a collective process and even when we don't agree...it gives pause for thought and as long as we are made aware of different perspectives, we keep learning. Thank you all! Now, brandy! Throw more brandy!!!



brandy with Brandy sounds good to me :)

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WOW! Thanks...free MIT online courses, who knew

 

Likewise double!!!  What a gold mine!!!  Thanks for sharing!!!!  Throw even more brandy!

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Just a big 'Thank you' for this opportunity!  

The format really works for me - I was able to go at my own pace and catch up , when my life interfered with the schedule.  I was able to review and perfect my grasp of the topic.

I was impressed with the teachers, images and videos ... a rich and quality presentation.  

I was impressed with the tech....ran like a top!

 Will the Certificate be emailed?   Thanks again....Elle  Fagan, Elle Fagan Arts.    ( I nearly trashed my own blog for this and it was worth it...but I WAS tweaking the format for Apple News acceptance, and I'd better resume:  go clean up my mess from it and get it done :-)    ) 

 

Thanks again for the fun....I think I will make a blog entry at my own domain all about this class and similar. If you like suggest links I should include.

 

elle

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