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Beth Ann Gallagher

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  1. This message was edited and updated on 1/3/2020! The Sacramento chapter met minimum local chapter membership requirements in October of 2017. Beginning in December of 2018, I became the chapter and now club president. We morphed into Sac Town Classic Movie Club, a TCM fan club run by fans. We welcome new members from the Greater Sacramento area! Best Wishes, Beth Ann Gallagher sactcmclub@gmail.com
  2. Gloria, Thanks so much for reaching out here! I do know where Yuba City is. I've been there when travelling to Chico and Oroville. The Sacramento chapter is definitely the closest one to you. There is a member in the Chico area who'd like a chapter closer to her eventually. Please email me your address here: sactcmclub@gmail.com I'll get you added to our email list, so you can keep up with the Sacramento chapter's activities and join in on any that seem worth the drive. Hope your foot heals well and quickly!
  3. cigarjoe, Eddie introduced the silent version of STELLA DALLAS at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and he personalized his introduction wonderfully. While his expertise is in noir, he is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about movies outside of that genre. His POV on other types of films could surprise people!
  4. I finally wrote about what it was like winning the first TCM Backlot tour of TCM's Atlanta studios! My blog Spellbound by Movies is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and my first retrospective post had to be about that little trip which has had a huge impact on my life. Read all about it here: 10 Years of Being Spellbound: Winning that TCM Backlot Tour Regards, Beth Ann
  5. Great news! The Sacramento-area chapter will be submitting our member list to TCM Backlot. We have enough members to be officially recognized now! If anyone in my area is interested in joining, the group would love to have you! Contact me, and I'll be in touch ASAP. Regards, Beth Ann Gallagher --- sactcmclub@gmail.com http://www.spellboundbymovies.com https://twitter.com/missbethg
  6. Great news! Kristen Lopez and I almost have enough people for a Sacramento-area TCM Backlot chapter! We are one Backlot member shy. Is there anyone in this forum who can help us become a chapter? Regards, Beth Ann Gallagher --- sactcmclub@gmail.com
  7. Hi Michelle! Are you interested in starting a Sacramento chapter still? I'm pretty close to Sacramento AND I'm a Backlot member. I know of one other person besides you in Sacramento who's also a Backlot member.
  8. I never thought I'd see slapstick silent film moments being broken down like they were sports moments, but the technique to study Chaplin's evolving talent and method worked for me! The first gag, Chaplin slipping on the banana peel in By the Sea, is like L'Arroseur Arrosé. The set-up is very simple, using an every day object, and there's an audience expected outcome. By the time we get to Chaplin evading the police officers in A Dog's Life, the slapstick gag is longer, more elaborate, what he's going to do is uncertain, but we hope he's successful. The plucky Little Tramp has an anti-authoritarian message. He's the underdog we're rooting for to be clever and scrappier.
  9. I'd agree that Chaplin enjoyed his craft and pictures that weren't even his. I wish I could remember my source, but I read somewhere that Chaplin could find the good in any picture. Take someone else's picture that had failed critically or commercially, Chaplin would find something to enjoy and compliment in the film. It didn't matter to him if the whole film was successful. He was looking at what had been done and finding what he could enjoy and likely being inspired to keep trying new things in his films.
  10. I'm going to jump from film to TV for a moment. I'm a woman, and I laughed so much at the antics of the characters in the BritCom Bottom (1991-1995). They're nasty, mean, and violent characters, but Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall played them for all their oddities and made them watchable. I don't think inherent likability has to be a factor in enjoying slapstick. The characters have to be entertaining, and their performers skilled.
  11. At this point in the class, I can agree with the five common factors found in slapstick, but with some stretches in meaning. Take Buster Keaton for example. He was loved by the Surrealists because his gags were often surreal. That made the audience aware they were watching a fantastical take on the real world even if all the other elements were commonplace. For example, every newly married couple sets up home, but none ever face all the problems he does in One Week (1920), like the bizarre image of a train driving through a house. That last word commonplace leads me into expanding the definition of ritualistic. Yes, repetition is key to any comedy, verbal or physical. Slapstick gags can become very elaborate. Look at Laurel and Hardy's The Battle of the Century (1927). The same physical act is repeated over and over again by the same and an increasing army of characters, but there are variations in how and why people are throwing pies and what the end result is. Aside from the repetition aspect of the word ritualistic, a lot of slapstick involves every day life for its characters. In the Bargain of the Century (1933), Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd's comedy starter is the bargain sale, a part of many people's lives, only the ladies' experiences and actions are more extreme at theirs. So ritualistic covers repetition and common life experiences from the mundane to rites of passage for me. Perhaps a sixth factor should be that no matter how make believe slapstick is it offers something relatable to the audience? They get to enjoy watching the situation and action spiral out of control in ways they wouldn't want to happen to them in real life. They can laugh at slapstick antics not only because they're funny, but also the laughter releases them from the anxiety of the more mundane issues or anxiety they would or do face in that situation. I'll have to think further if there are comedies that don't fulfill the five conditions!
  12. L'Arroseur Arrosé may be less than a minute long, but it does set a comedy template for film. We've the straight man protagonist going about his business watering the garden. The smart-alecky boy antagonist decides to play a trick on the gardener, and the audience is made complicit. We know the boy will pull a prank, and we want him to, yet all the protagonist has done is perform his job diligently and obliviously. One fake hose clog later, and we watch the gardener get slapped in the face by water. We get to laugh, but then we get to laugh again when order is restored and the boy is punished in the manner he deserves for his stunt. There's a gentle roughness to this early version of reality-based slapstick. The scenario with variations of action happened countless times later. It would not always involve hoses. The hose prank feels familiar. Comedians like Buster Keaton, Mabel Normand, and Laurel and Hardy did have comedic hose sequences in later films. The hose became a classic slapstick prop.
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