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About Desilu19x

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  1. I want to thank Dr. Edwards, everyone who made this course possible and to my peers who have made this experience so enjoyable and enriching! I truly enjoyed this little journey and I couldn't be more grateful to everyone who made this possible and wonderful. Now I will be able to see comedy/slapstick in a much better light and appreciate it's beauty more. I do hope there will be more classes in the future, I am already looking forward to it! Thank you everyone, especially you Dr. Edwards for not only gracing us with your knowledge of movies, but for making us feel so comfortable, so at ease..
  2. 1. How does this scene successfully parody the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s? Be specific. While the doctor is in a serious mode, using profound words to explain his display, his off moments, that rather come off as insane, works beautifully and tells us very well that not only is this man not in his right mind, but the way it’s brought out, you can’t help but laugh at how rather extreme and sarcastic he tends to do this, as if trying to cover up his looney moments, with the explanation of it being an “involuntary impulse” 2. In keeping with Gene Wilder's own observations about
  3. 1. What do you think the addition of color adds to this scene and its gags? I think what it really adds, is the mood and personality of the characters, not to mention how well the combine together. Most of all, it helps us also appreciate Lucille’s vibrant red hair, because it brings out and reminds us just how fiery Lucille Ball is. 2. What are some of the techniques that Vincente Minnelli uses in this scene to make it more cinematic than a TV show such as I Love Lucy? Consider, for example, camera angles, depth of focus, or editing strategy. He was able to show a deeper view of scenes,
  4. I know W.C Fields, his name is too familiar to not recognize, but I admit I have not seen him in many movies. (I’ve mainly seen the silent ones.) I am happy to have been introduced to this film! This clip reeled me in and I will be sure to see the full movie! Thanks to this course I will be able to enjoy W.C movies in a whole new and different level than I would have without it! 1. Compared to the last two Daily Doses, how does W.C. Fields verbal slapstick compare to and/or differ from Charley Chase and the Marx Brothers? I feel that it differs from Chase and Marx Bro’s verbal slapstick in
  5. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? Dale’s definition was made for the Marx Brothers, and from the moment they attempt to read the contract, the definition falls beautifully into place 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? What is most notable and most hysterical, at least in my point of view, is their use of double entrendres, my favorite being the end bit where Chico asks Groucho about the clause in which Groucho reads and responds;
  6. Baseball is still a beloved pastime, and always being near Yankee Stadium just makes these movie bits/gags more enjoyable to watch. If there is one thing I truly love about slapstick is the misdirection, and Harold Lloyd was truly brilliant at it, I can’t get enough of Babe Ruth’s reactions, and as Dr. Edwards pointing out the pun Babe is supposed saying really kicks the charts. Loved watching Joe E Brown, and what’s most entertaining to see is his ability to sort of make fun of himself? It’s remarkable, and the great Nielsen! It’s always a joy to see him, now that I am in this course, I can’t
  7. Like everyone else, I truly appreciated the breakdown of this gag. It was fantastic and so detailed, and what I truly enjoyed learning was the “no boundaries” rule the Marx brothers seemed to have, it’s honestly admirable, and makes them stand out in their own way. What truly startles me in some way is Harpo’s ability to act asleep all throughout this chaotic gag! I find it outstanding and incredible, especially since he is the one being dragged around that small room that is slowly being filled up with some many people. Another thing I enjoyed about this bit is how cartoonish it seemed, it al
  8. Wow, I admit, I have never seen this movie or have heard of Charley Chase, I will definitely set this movie to record! If there is one thing I love more than talking about classics, is discovering new classic gems! (This course just keeps getting better and better!) 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)? I have to say that the painful/violence in this clip would have to be his attitude towards things, since violence doesn’t have to be
  9. 1. In what ways does Lloyd use the settings, amusements, and attractions of Coney Island in pursuit of creating original slapstick gags? Be specific. I feel that a very powerful tool Lloyd would use is the music & sounds throughout the gags, it was a wonderful addition and adds to the visual scenes we watch throughout the movie. I feel that also, the “extra’s” you see throughout the movie are not just there to be there, Lloyd has you feel that he is not a “main character”, everything is the main character, down from the amusement park, to the people, to the girl by his side, his jacket,
  10. 1. What elements (set design, costume, prop, camera placement, acting) make this gag effective as visual comedy? In this gag I believe that everything becomes a character, down from the house, to the grass and mainly the piano. What makes it so effective is that everything plays part and does it’s own share of performing, everything is there for a reason and will not be there just for show. 2. In what ways do you sense that Keaton's comedy differs from that of Charlie Chaplin? Keaton was much more physical and if Chaplin was all about using his set and props, I feel that Keaton took that
  11. Whenever I take trips to Coney Island, I tend to always think about these two silent movies, overall I find myself wanting to find a certain spot where any scene might have taken place. It’s amazing to see history in movies, since Coney Island has changed so much over the decades. I love the breakdown of both these similar gags, to me, it’s not only a tribute between comedians, it’s almost like writing a story among writers. Like for example, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there have been many versions of this book written by other writers, their own views and takes on the legendary story, and this is
  12. Another example to me, of Slapstick Comedy in Mexican media is the famous TV series "El Chavo Del Ocho" while this sadly doesn't have any subtitles, I thought it would be nice to share as well. Might I mention that the actor that plays "Don Ramon" played by Ramon Valde(s)z, is brother of German "Tin-Tan" Vale(s)z. The series overall surrounds a young orphan boy (El Chavo played by Roberto Gomez Bolaños) who lives in a barrel that is located in a poor townhouse. This episode is called "Clases De Boxeo" (Boxing Lessons)
  13. *I think my other post was deleted? If so thank you!* Anyways, I wanted to post this since the subject of slapstick in cartoons has been brought up, I was wondering how people feel about anime? I know most anime is rather dramatic and dark, but some of Japan's anime, is very humorous and beyond entertaining. I find myself enjoying it more than most live action comedy I see now a day. One example of an anime that to me, fills every ingredient to what makes a slapstick comedy is the 2006 anime "Ouran Highschool Host Club" which is about Scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, who is in debt to t
  14. 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? Once again, I have to agree but partially. I believe that some visual comedies do indeed have that magic and pay great tributes to the classics, but it all depends on the content you are watching. Most visual comedy now a day, tends to rely more on words rather than actually physical comedy. 2. Beyond the placement of the camera in middle distance,
  15. Since I saw a post dedicated to Tom & Jerry, I was wondering, is anyone a fan of the Flintstones? I have seasons 1-3 on DVD, and now taking this course of Slaptick Comedy, I find myself appreciating the cartoons I love, that fall under this category I mean, much much more! (It's obvious I am a huge cartoon lover, isn't it?) Also, I don't know if anyone has ever saw this similarity, but has anyone ever thought of I Love Lucy while watching the Flintstones?
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