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  1. Though I'm not really answering the questions, I just want to say that, as a viewer, I love "The Great Race" & could watch it everyday. It's truly an enjoyable & funny film. The gags are delivered with impeccable timing; the music is unforgettable, & every element of the film is presented with great style. The melodramatic parody of heroes & villains is priceless. On the other hand, this viewer simply doesn't like "Bananas." So, while Banana's stick may slap harder, I don't think it's closer to the Sennett movies because it didn't seem funny, rather a bit nasty. Yes, it's a clever film, & it mirrors the "counter-revolutionary" spirit of those times, but it wasn't enjoyable. Perhaps, what I've noticed is that the "The Great Race" would have been a film for all ages to watch; whereas, "Bananas" did not have a G rating, & it shows.
  2. Needless to say, I am learning SO much from this course; not only about Slapstick, but about filmmaking in general. But, while so doing, I'm also becoming a critic! In Wes Gehring's comments about Charlie Chaplin, he should have said that "Shoulder Arms" was a comedy about WWI. I distinctly heard him say "WWII." In 1940, "The Great Dictator" will be about Hitler; but Shoulder Arms is WWI vintage!
  3. Though my comment is somewhat off subject, I want to mention that Buster Keaton continued to perform in '60s comedies such as the Beach Party flicks, "Pajama Party," "Beach Blanket Bingo," "How To Stuff A Wild Bikini" & "Sergeant Deadhead." His characters, including an Indian, still seemed largely at odds with their surroundings, & he remained stone-faced. Yet, his comedy remained funny & fit into the changing times!
  4. When I watched "L'Arroseur Arrose," it made me think of a situation out of "Dennis the Menace." However, in that case, the boy would have been younger & probably would have stepped on the hose accidentally. Personally, I would find it funnier that way. However, slapstick seems to have begun with a bit harder slap!
  5. According to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, a slapstick was a device composed of two flat pieces of wood, which was sometimes used in farce, allowing one actor to strike another in a way that would make a loud noise, thus making it sound as if the blow was a severe one. The dictionary goes on the explain that the actual device is no longer is fashion; however, one can see how it remains the spirit of slapstick comedy!
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