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  1. I disagree with Canby. I don’t think there’s anything missing in today’s visual comedies but rather that the addition of dialogue gives the viewer something more to focus on. The gag in this clip is brilliant. It demonstrates how important timing and cohesion between the players is. Chaplin and the counter man are marvelous. Chaplin's ability to stuff so many cakes into mouth without seeming to have anything in his mouth is remarkable.
  2. 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? I disagree that the silent films from 1912-1930 constituted "comedy's greatest era". These films were the golden age of 'silent' films. However, with the advent of talkies the comedy became even better. The verbal humor added wit. This toned down the violence and made the comedy less dependent on someone getting physically abused. 2. Do you agree with the film's narrator that in the silent film era the "gags we
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