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Drosera

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    Over the top fan of Silent films, Legends cars, life masks, photography, nature... ah, the list goes on and on.

    I'm an happily married, recent empty-nester from Chicago (proper) now living in VERY rural NC.

    ..... are those banjos I hear??
  1. Very well stated! And though I slammed Dice, I ****MUST**** say, he appeared on Arsenio Hall's talk show many years back. Hall just kept saying, "Ya gotta be clean"... "ya gotta be clean"... Arsenio provided the slapstick relief THAT night. Dice went out and was CLEAN and HILARIOUS. Not even a great grandmother would have been offended... His stage act is filthy. But it's well-tooled filth and equally hilarious.. and it's what evidently sells. I think he's along the lines of Alice Cooper... his act serves as a catharsis...(Alice's quote about his own concerts). That modern
  2. 1. How would you compare Abbott and Costello's style of verbal slapstick in this clip with Groucho and Chico's style from Daily Dose #6? This clip, of Abbott and Costello, relies more heavily on props and setting than Groucho and Chico's.... and, in my opinion, it's not one of their more complex verbal exchanges. A&C is, in this case, less rapid fire than G&C. Part of the charm in both cases draws on the familiarity we have w/ their characters. 2. Wes Gehring's observation about the "polish" of Abbott and Costello's comedy routines is also a criticism of today'
  3. When I Googled it... it referred disparagingly to someone who eat earwax...
  4. Good evening. I took the first quiz without incident and was scored immediately. The next time I logged on, my Dashboard says I have no enrollments. I am able to hop to any of the other pages via the history on my pc and they're fine. It does show the current time as well as my quiz score from earlier, so I guess I'm not too concerned... as long as I'm still enrolled, which I guess I am as is does offer the "drop this course" option. lol Just letting you know about the odd wrinkle. Thanks so much. Have a great, safe weekend! Lisa aka Drosera
  5. I'm looking forward to the Professor's comments as well. JohnT3 When I saw "Mickey" listed as one of our titles I thought, "Surely that's not the Mickey I watched ages back. That's not slapstick." I revisited it, for class, and it is, indeed, one and the same... but a couple of thoughts occurred to me, since I was keeping in mind our given "slapstick requirements". We're approaching slapstick from a comedic perspective for the most part, [ WK1.2's "Slapstick, a type of physical comedy", "Outrageous make-believe violence has always been a key attraction of slapstick comedy,", ""slap
  6. 1. What elements (set design, costume, prop, camera placement, acting) make this gag effective as visual comedy? I think what makes this, and most of Keaton's work, effective is that no matter how absurd the props are (the porch railing, light as a feather piano, saggy ceiling), Keaton takes it all in stride and meets the task at hand head-on; as we so often have to do in life. I think that's part of his tremendous appeal all these years later. This would fall under "content" rather than any of the aforementioned aspects. The set and props are outlandish. We know from the very beginning
  7. I love remakes. I love comparing them to each other and to the original source material, if it is existent. These two Coney Island clips strike me (pun intended) more along the lines of musical embellishment than cinematic remakes in the respect that Lloyd took the clip and owned it. He greatly expanded and tweaked it until only the initial setting / concept was left... and that was left far behind as it was a springboard for the film. Such basic alteration is beautifully illustrated in Amadeus... when Mozart plays Salieri's "March of Welcome". He tweaks the ending which then leads
  8. Of Compilations & Kings .... I adore Silent films... having now sat and snoozed through the "The Golden Age of Comedy" I can honestly say it does them NO SERVICE. Gratuitous pie fights and chase scenes are, to me, just as boring then as they are in today's modern era (Fast and Furious is a prime example ~ oye, shoot me, please!) Perhaps with vehicles being fairly new, back then, they were more exciting. I don't know. Ah, Perspective, thou art a troublesome waif. The only saving grace to car chases of old IS the old cars.. they're pretty cool! There are so many other WONDERFUL Sile
  9. Not too long ago I watched a bio on Keaton... the day or day before he did the second house falling / window scene he was in a terrible place in his actual life.. He'd just been served divorce papers, was broke, and told that very day that his studio was closing down. It was stated he went into that scene not caring if he lived or died. Meh.... perhaps. Though if he'd wanted to die, it was presented to him on a gold platter that day, which he thankfully did not accept!
  10. 1. Similar to Agee and Youngson's perspective in Daily Dose #1, Canby makes a claim at the end of his analysis that there is something missing into today's visual comedies when compared to the silent classics. Do you agree or disagree with Canby? Like so many others here, I'm going to disagree with Canby.... but for a different reason (though I only read through the last four pages of comments ~ forgive me is someone early on mentioned this).... As soon as I queued this clip, and the music started, it smacked of Bugs Bunny. As the scene progressed, it has Bugs written all OVER it....
  11. So, like everyone else.. all of whom made WONDERFUL points.. here are my two cents. 1. Do you agree or disagree with Agee and Youngson's statements that the silent films from 1912 – 1930 constituted "comedy's greatest era" or its "golden age?" Why or why not? Looking back AT the years in question, with a broader expanse to take into account, I would say that 1912 - 1930 constituted "comedy's greatest slapstick era" and was slapstick's "golden age". Gags were concise and to the point. Even the longer gags evolved. IE Buster's cow gag in "Go West" progressed and moved the plot along
  12. What impresses me about the house scene in both of these two films is that even when the action is stopped, scruitnized and rerun you realize that at no point did Keaton look down FOR that oh-so-important mark! What a pro!!! No matter how many times I'd have practiced it, you can bet I'd have been looking for it!
  13. You may be on to something there! In an earlier comment someone said slapstick works because we care about the characters... and it was Chaplin who stated that it was about the character's personality. Most of the characters, whose movies I've turned off, haven't been at ALL likeable... it was slapstick, but, IMHO, they weren't being slapped nearly as hard as they should have been! hahahahahahaha So, what else might make slapstick not work for you when it fails?
  14. Beautifully stated. I think we all have things we've outgrown over the years. My problem is that while I adore older slapstick (Charlie and Buster) and the mid-era (Stan & Ollie, Bud and Lou) and situational slapstick ("Dennis the Menace", "Lucy", tv's "Batman", Jackie Chan, "Ghostbusters") most of the modern work which they try to pass off as comedy, leaves me cold. It may be slapstick, but it falls short (pun intended) for me and is annoying at best (the "Dodgeball", "Goldmember" and "Home Alone" movies and things of that ilk) To be honest, i don't even watch them..... It mig
  15. Totally enjoying the class ~ ALL aspects of it, but the commentary on this, the first web installment, was excellent. It's so interesting to see the complexity of the material evolve. Thank you for progressing chronologically. A small point, but one much appreciated! Slapstick in the open air! Who doesn't love THAT?!
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