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Dulcinea3

Another course suggestion - Screwball Comedies

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I like a lot of the suggestions already made, but just thought I'd throw another into the mix!

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If you mean the class on slapstick comedy, I didn't take that one, but I didn't think that slapstick and screwball comedy were the same thing. For example, would you call It Happened One Night or Bringing up Baby slapstick?

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With Wes Gehring as lead instructor.  WOW!  Probably too narrow a topic for a MOOC, though.  HOWEVER, as the keystone piece of a course in "Romantic Comedies of the Hollywood Sound Era" - I think that could work.

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I say YES YES YES AND AGAIN YES!

My Man Godfrey

Palm Beach Story

The Lady Eve

The Mad Miss Manton

Bringing Up Baby

Tovarich

His Girl Friday

The Awful Truth

It Happened One Night

The Thin Man

Cain and Mabel

Nothing Sacred.....

 

I love srewball comedies!!

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On 7/2/2018 at 10:46 AM, JohnT3 said:

Been done

 

On 7/2/2018 at 12:29 PM, Dulcinea3 said:

If you mean the class on slapstick comedy, I didn't take that one, but I didn't think that slapstick and screwball comedy were the same thing. For example, would you call It Happened One Night or Bringing up Baby slapstick?

While it was covered in the "Slapstick" course, the format meant that it was not covered in detail. A more comprehensive study would be great.  In that course, "Screwball" comedies, like IHON and BUB, were considered examples of "Verbal Slapstick. " I agree that Screwball, by itself, would likely be too narrow a topic for this format, but GeezerNoir has it figured out:

 

16 hours ago, GeezerNoir said:

With Wes Gehring as lead instructor.  WOW!  Probably too narrow a topic for a MOOC, though.  HOWEVER, as the keystone piece of a course in "Romantic Comedies of the Hollywood Sound Era" - I think that could work.

So do I!

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