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  1. Thank you Dr. Edwards and crew for all the hard work to put this class together, your work is much appreciated. Growing up in the late 1940's and early 1950's, I mostly saw and liked Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, the Marx brothers, and the Three Stooges. Those were my guys. After the class I can much more appreciate Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. Suggestions for the next class: 1. Mysteries 2. Film development and history of other countries. I understand this could be not very popular. But in some ways foreign films are so different from American films.
  2. Stanley was referred to as a wax eater because he was caught eating the decorative wax apples in a bowl in Oliver's house.
  3. I just watched "The Birth of the Tramp" and got the story on Niles Canyon. Chaplin worked for S & A in 1915, first half in Chicago and then at Niles Canyon (Chaplin didn't like the cold of Chicago). "The Tramp" was made there. Not related to Niles Canyon, an interesting tidbit, Stanley Laurel and Charles Chaplin came over to the US together from England in 1910 for an USA tour.
  4. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I seem to recall hearing that Niles Canyon was a location for some of the earliest silent films. Were there any Slap Stick movies made in the Niles Canyon location. What were they.
  5. I had just finished watching the third season, episode 1 of Borgen when I played your attached clip. I couldn't stop laughing. Were the Olsen-Banden series full length movies or just clips.
  6. 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.
  7. Yes, that was it. There was a very similar building in Minneapolis, the Metropolitan. It's gone long ago. In the late 1950's I delivered small items to some of the offices. The elevator was open just like the Bradbury. The floors and stairs were etched glass. So sad to see it go.
  8. I just finished watching M, the 1951 version of the 1931 Fritz Lang masterpiece. This later version takes place in Los Angeles instead of Germany. There were many film noir elements, shadows, mirrors, large depth of field, etc. The later version followed almost scene for scene of the 1931 version. I still think the original M can't be beat. The office building where the child molester is found has a beautiful interior. Open center area with cast iron railings and open air elevators. I'm sure that building is long gone. The introduction of the film on TCM was interesting, it was made in 1951, b
  9. I think the color portion meant that things were better and the war was almost over.
  10. Just finished watching most of the war movie Task Force with Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan. The black and white portion had many film noir aspects with shadows in the back ground and faces in shadow. There was propaganda too to get the message across.
  11. Hello Dr. Edwards, I sent in a request to your Canvas inbox on this Monday, but have not received any message back. Did you receive my request for Completion Certificate. Thank you, Gary [..]
  12. Dassin talks about safe cracking scene in the interview. He said he wanted something like a can opener. The movie was criticized because it showed how to do it.
  13. Last night I watched Rififi that french film directed by Jules Dassin. Recall from our class that Jules was one of those 10 Black listed Hollywood writers, directors, etc. from House Unamerican Activities Commission times of the late 1940's and early 50's. Rififi is heist story and very well done. I highly recommend it. This was on Blu-ray and so there was some extras. There was an interview with Dassin from 2000 and he tells stories of Hollywood, the Blacklist, and the process of making the film.
  14. Anyone interested film noir of films produced now should check out a cable TV series called "Better Call Saul". It's shown on AMC and I think it's available January. Some of the same people that worked on Breaking Bad are working this one too. The protagonist is Jimmy McGill and he has an older lawyer brother that worked for a high level law firm but then had mental problem and now can't have anything electrical in his home. Visitors have to leave their cell phones in the mail box outside. There are lots of night scenes and in his brother's home during the day, soft light flickers through the
  15. Beware My Lovely I need some help with this one. The opening sequence was OK and then Howard runs out of the house after seeing a body on the floor in the next room. Next we start what I thought was going to show how it all happened. Was that first segment a dream of Howard's as to how he hope his new assignment would go. In that first segment we got just small hints of Howard's mental issues. I agree with others that was like Psycho in many ways. But in the end all was OK, nobody got hurt. This seemed strange.
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