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Everything posted by gtunison

  1. 1. How well do the slapstick elements of this clip match up with the five conditions of slapstick proposed in Module 1 (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent)? The elements are all there. His acting is exaggerated in trying to hide his garlic breath from his date. It is there when he tries to mask the garlic. No matter where he aligns his mouth, the perfume machine squirts him in the face. He is physical in his attempt to get perfumed. Not having seen a Chase film before i am not sure what is repetitive about him. But the fact that everything he needs to clean up is there so that may be his ritual.It was make believe to get the guy to read the paper for him and to shave seeing his reflection on the other mans coat. There was a hint of violent when the pip walks off with him showing restraint in not hitting her. Although I had hope he would have. 2. Do you find the clip confirming or challenging Gerald Mast's description of Charley Chase? Even in a short clip, do you get the sense that his greatest emotion is "exasperation?" Chase was definitely exasperated in his reaction to things happening around him. From the perfume machine to shaving on the fly/ 3. As an early talkie that is transitioning from the "silent film era," how well do you think this scene uses synchronous sound and music in the construction of its gags? The gags would work in either media. There were the five elements needed to be slapstick.
  2. 1. In what ways does Lloyd use the settings, amusements, and attractions of Coney Island in pursuit of creating original slapstick gags? Be specific. While Coney Island is a source of gags and amusements and Lloyd uses them with ease. Unaware of the crab in his pocket, it gets him slapped and on a wild spinning ride. The crab continues to pinch until Lloyd thinking he is the big winner and goes flying off the ride only leaving the crab on the ride. Even Lloyd gets a good laugh. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Schickel's assessment of Lloyd as more "real" or "freer" of "exaggeration and stylization" than Chaplin or Keaton? Why or why not? I agree that Lloyd is more real in that he tends to use his body movements to exaggerate his actions rather than exaggerated faces used by Chaplin and Keaton. 3. In watching this clip, what contributions do you see that Lloyd added to the history of slapstick comedy? From this clip I think Lloyd adds the every man aspect to slapstick. He is not running away from the police or unaware of his surroundings but living life as it happens.
  3. Chaplin is minding his own business when opportunity presents itself in the form of a hot dog. Why yes I think I will have one then the policeman sees him and he tries to outwit the cop only to have another one show up to which he reacts as if he is innocent. We root for him because he is the common man as we all are.
  4. 1. What elements (set design, costume, prop, camera placement, acting) make this gag effective as visual comedy? He has a big fellow single handed deliver the piano and he plans on bring it in the house with ropes and pulleys thru a giant hole he has cut in the side of the house. Why not just have the piano delivered inside the house? Because there is nothing funny about that. 2. In what ways do you sense that Keaton's comedy differs from that of Charlie Chaplin? Chaplin is always trying to outwit someone, usually a policeman or a wife in Tille's punctured Romance. Keaton on the other hand is more about being oblivious to his surroundings. Things happen to him that the viewer can relate to. We have all had days like Buster Keathon. 3. When you watch a scene like this with Buster Keaton, what contributions do you sense he added to the history of slapstick comedy? He added the element of reacting to the situations we all face on a daily bases. Many we cause ourselves.
  5. 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? So much of todays comedies lack the set up to the gag. They lack the exaggeration and make believe the classics have. I agree with Canby. Today's film makers could learn a few things from watching the classics. 2. Beyond the placement of the camera in middle distance, what other elements (set design, costume, props, acting, etc) makes this gag effective as visual comedy? Chaplin is a master of keeping a straight face. He is eating all the cake but the proprietor only suspects he is eating the cake and tries to keep an eye on him. The placement of the camera is essential in gag. Chaplin taking a bite and the proprietor turning around to try and catch him to only get Chaplin acting innocent and keeping a straight face. 3. What do you think a gag like this and its brilliant on-screen execution contributes to the history of slapstick comedy? I think it shows what we all have a secret desire to do in real life and it is still funny today..
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