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  1. It is very easy to see that each scene gets more complicated than the previous one. But I would argue that Chaplin does many more subtle movements in Tillie's Punctured Romance then in A Dog's Life.
  2. In Tillie's Punctured Romance Chapin slips and falls twice, then he slips a third time but catches himself while the audience is anticipating the third fall and then steps into the bucket, removes his foot and continues on with the scene. He then kneels down to propose realizes the floor is wet and bounces up quickly. There is so much going on in this one scene and yes it all adds to the characters personality. Just brilliant!
  3. Lawrence, to reply to a comment just click on the Quote button at the bottom right of the comment. A box will appear with REPLY TO THIS TOPIC. I hope this helps.
  4. After thinking about this for awhile I have come to the realization that slapstick need not be ritualistic. All of the gags in slapstick were performed for the first time somewhere. Did that disqualify them from being slapstick? I would substitute ritualistic for domonstative to complete the five conditions of slapstick.
  5. I understand what you are saying but to me, the ritualistic condition refers to a situation that happens in real life. Like watering the garden in L'rroseur Arrose' or crushing grapes in the I Love Lucy episode. Slapstick needs that situation that most people can relate to then exaggerate it.
  6. I would add an additional condition to the 5 mentioned. That would be demonstrative. By that I mean the gag needs to show feeling. As in L'arroseur Arrose' you knew the gardener was angry and the boy joyful then scared.
  7. To your first though, I was just the opposite. When the gardener was hit by the water I first chuckled then I was concerned about his condition. I hope that doesn't make me a terrible person. LOL
  8. Susan E, I feel the high point was when the gardener was hit in the face with the water and his hat flew off. Now picture this, as the boy is running away the gardener trips over the hose and falls in a puddle as the boy fades in the distance. That would have been a double laugh.
  9. My first thought while watching this clip was that the gardener was the villain and the boy was the hero, I'm not sure why or how I came to that conclusion but because I did, I found myself rooting for the boy to get away. I feel if he got away the gag would have been that much funnier. Does anyone else feel that way?
  10. I find that the set up with the gardener's hat is so important to the gag. What added to the hilarity was when the hat flew off the gardeners head.
  11. I was just the opposite. I found myself hoping the antagonist had gotten away with it. What would have been even funnier if the victim had tripped over the hose when he chased the antagonist.
  12. The film has me wondering if this is the first time the antagonist has pulled a gag on the protagonist? Is it a reoccurring antagonism?
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