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  1. some of the early 30s pieces definitely showed their slapstick roots...one of the biggest thing I picked up on was the use of their real names instead of character names Dollar Dizzy and The Pip From Pittsburg are excellent examples of this idea. I think Elmer the great was the first in the ones that I watched where I noticed actual character names Laurel & Hardy were new ones on me, I'd never seen of their works. Wheeler & Woolsey's film was complete insanity but I kinda loved it I definitely noted the precode elements...it had a lot of inuendo...but what I really pick
  2. 1) I think that with Abbott and Costello it was less balanced. Abbott always had the upper hand in most of the situations the duo found themselves in but the audience was typically made to feel more on costello's side. Abbott often played a huckster, signing his pal up for dangerous situations to keep himself out of them but it doesn't make him less endearing to the general audience. 2) I think he's right really. For the most part if you go see a comedy now days it's a lot of dirty jokes and things (visa vie the scary movie franchise or anything by seth macfarlane) it seems like they thin
  3. The curators notes on this one talk about the idea of a clown tradition built around the performer. I think that is completely accurate when dealing with this clip. It's his performance, his use of dialogue and sly insults that really make the clip work. And it's not just verbal either, the thing with the throwing things at his daughter and her chucking things right back is purely physical and escalates to the point where he's about to lob a heavy potted plant towards her and then we are reminded that he's about to throw that at a child, indeed he is reminded too. He's been caught up with the
  4. I was initially surprised to see several different comedians and clips in this episode as the others have been more monofocused but it was really awesome to see all three like that. And they were all wonderful, I loved the driving the wrong way from speedy and I have to agree that the Naked Gun clip sort of made my day lol I dunno why like you guys explained in the video it's a very simple gag but it works so well! I still remember him from Dracula: dead and loving it, he just had that perfect commitment to what he was doing and completely straight faced, like peter sellers often did, where he
  5. I loved the idea of groucho as the verbal conductor of the sequence. I tried to think about that as the scene evolved and it fits so well. It's his allowing in of unnecessary people that gets the room to such a disastrously full state. A fantastic example of that is the manicurist. He has the chance at that point to go "no sorry have a nice day" and move on but where's the funny in that lol
  6. 1) you might have a point with that. I don't know when the book was written but I think that a definition like that probably came from the study of the best of the genre so why wouldn't it be based, primarily, on them.
  7. I'm not sure I agree about the pain...it's subtle but I felt like the perfume sprayer in the eye had to have been painful. I think I cringed when that happened lol
  8. 1) The best example I saw of use of environment was the part where he swings his arm back to thrown the ball at the bottles and accidentally hits a tough guy who takes a ball, throws it at lloyd who ducks and it knocks over the bottles and lloyd's girl get a doll. The set up it simple, playing a carnival game, then something goes wrong and there's the aftermath 2)real is probably an apt description I think. Most action in his pieces didn't rely on absurdity, rather it was grounded in natural progression of events so that when things do get a little wild, it seems like the most normal thing t
  9. 1) The effectiveness of the gags in this piece are do, in a large part, to the complexity and absurdity of the sets 2) Chaplin took simple things and made them funny by strength of personality. With Keaton, it seems like crazy things happen to him and he tries to react to them. 3)I feel like he influenced gene wilder in the idea of trying to cope with an insane situation. Wilder often is depicted as the only sane person in an insane situation and that is very keaton.
  10. 1)To a certain extent, yes I agree. There is something universal about pantomime I think. You could show this same clip all over the world and have it completely understood. That being said, however, if you look at a screwball comedy like my man godfrey, there is value in the ability to use dialogue to really punch a comedic point. 2)I thought syd chaplin's facial expressions were what really made the gag work. In a lot of comedy sequences, it's not just the comedian who matters. Particularly in a sequence like that, you needed his reactions to really put the scene in perspective. 3) It sho
  11. I didn't know that but it doesn't surprise me...and you're completely right about the true performer thing. There's a very cliche saying but theater people still use it, the show must go on. Keaton is an excellent example. break an arm? the show must go on!
  12. It's funny but the performance I'm most familiar with of Chaplain's career came much later than what we are studying in this course.It's called "the great dictator" and it's really an incredible piece of film if you haven't seen it. I hadn't really experienced his "natural element" like it is in this video before. I completely agree with the fact that he seems extremely in tune with his environment. He is able to keep that awareness as he's moving and appearing seemingly out of control. That's the thing about slapstick, they have to look out of control while being carefully IN CONTROL of every
  13. My Dad did a film minor in college and he always used to talk about early silent comedians fitting into two main categories...the crazy man in a normal world and the normal man in a crazy world. He says that Keaton belongs squarely to the second category. And seeing these clips here I think I see what he means. I don't know that either of the two clips we saw would've been half as effective if he hadn't been "stone face" as the video dubs him. There is also a sense of a repeated gag with both of the movies..as if the falling house is his trademark...which really goes back, in my mind anyway, t
  14. I had a glitch with my email and didn't get the first daily dose...is it posted anywhere?
  15. I'm glad you brought up animation. I think that animation ascribes to that condition of making sure the audience knows it's make believe from the get go by virtue of the medium so they are able to spend less time establishing that fundamental principle. Animation definitely uses the notion of repeated gags as a means of establishing a character. To a certain extent...even the idea of physicality and athleticisim in that animated characters aren't bound by the limitations of a human body and can therefore carry a violent movement way past what is technically possible to REALLY do. As for t
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