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Everything posted by BLACHEFAN

  1. 1. I would have to disagree with that statement in my opinion, I believe that it was more of the innovative era from 1912 to 1930 when screen comedians as well as producers and directors of screen comedy by expanding their craft from the vaudeville circuit that they usually practice on stage for their routines and play it out on film. I would believe that the sound era was the golden age of comedy, the silent era was the stepping stones and the blueprints for the coming eras of slapstick comedy to come in the future. 2. That I believe is not true, the visual gags might have disappeared from the silent film era, but they have simply evolved when the sound era was coming since screen comedians still had to come up with great verbal routines to accompany their visual gags along with it to provide a winning combination. 3. The impact that these forms of documentation have is to remind us about our history of screen comedy and how it first started out, we must also thank the people who provided information in documentaries, essays, and compilation films to reintroduce film fans about the films and gags that have inspired comedians and filmmakers in their lives, that no matter what silent comedy you watch it still feels fresh and new again.
  2. I thought this was a great episode about the discussion of Buster Keaton and the amazing stunts and gags that he had to practice and time for his films. After I saw the clip for One Week (1920), this is a dangerous stunt that had to be timed and Keaton had to be at a specific location on the ground when that one frame of the facade was falling on top of him where the window frame would meet him head on. In Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928), just as Richard and Vince just discussed he had to up the ante by using a similar stunt but this time, using the front of a house that weighed two tons and stand on a mark that would match where the window frame would fall on top of him. You have to remember that Keaton wouldn't risk his life for providing his own stunts, he was a very athletic man in his time and he knew the level of handling his own material since he would take it very seriously no matter what the danger level is. In my opinion, he was more than an innovator of slapstick comedy, he could be thought of as the earliest movie daredevil.
  3. I would be happy to contribute my hosting duties as I can to the fan panel on Google Hangouts.
  4. Chaplin was one of the innovators of providing gags into his plots. From 1918 to 1957 he provided some of the best gags that are incorporated to the plot such as: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), and A King in New York (1957).
  5. The analysis of the lecture really helped me understand what Chaplin's gags and slapstick routines he was doing at the time. The first clip from By The Sea (1915) was a very obvious gag that now has become a cliche in slapstick comedy, followed by Tillies Punctured Romance (1915) involving Chaplin slipping on the wet floor as a gag that stalls the plot, and ending with A Dog's Life (1918) that was injected with social commentary in a short period of three years as he took control over his pictures. It also helped me understand the simplest of gags very carefully with the touchscreen that carefully looked at each gag and situation in the scene to illustrate what Chaplin was trying to say in his pictures. His timing and blocking of the gags were near perfection on screen, but I imagined that he had to practice these routines over and over again to have the timing and blocking right otherwise it would look as if he made a mistake on film.
  6. I actually found out that slapstick doesn't just have to be in comedy, sometimes it could wound up in other genres with comedic elements. Such as Horror: ex. Evil Dead 2 (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) with Bruce Campbell since they evoke the early days of slapstick in movies from the 1930s though the 1950s. Or Action: Shanghai Noon (2002) or Rush Hour (1998) with Jackie Chan since his stunts were inspired by Charlie Chaplin and he provides humor in his own films. The one director that I think of when it comes to absurdity and you can argue about this is Paul Verhoeven, because in his movies from Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990) or Starship Troopers (1997) since they display a lot of violence, they can also be seen as absurd comedies, if you were to look and listen very carefully.
  7. I have seen a number of different comedy films that involve the use of slapstick. So, they do incorporate the five conditions that you discuss. As for an alternate definition of the term slapstick, I don't think I have one. Let me give you an example of some films that utilizes slapstick to the nth degree. Home Alone (1990) involves a ton of slapstick gags that is complex and very violent even to make audiences cringe when they see Kevin McCalister devise such dangerous traps for the burglars to catch them even though the pain looks too real. In Tommy Boy (1995) the comedy is not dangerous but more lighthearted than Home Alone. Most of the slapstick involved in the film is not violent since the quality is 4/5. It's not dangerous, but it does involve exaggeration, it is make-believe, somewhat ritualistic, and is physical since Chris Farley did some of his own stunts in the picture. I have to agree with you on the definitions that you have mentioned since I can see the idea of how slapstick evolved from a simple weapon in commedia dell' arte to today's definition of the term slapstick in vaudeville, movies and television.
  8. Dr. Rich Edwards, What time will the next chapter of the weekly module be online? Thanks for reading my email. BLACHEFAN
  9. I am new to the TCM message board, but I hope to get to know each and every one of you when I am online with the Canvas network discussing Physical Comedy in the Movies.

  10. I agree with Kim_J_Lamb on this one, this film has good quality and even though the film does have multiple interpretations, it started out as just a simple premise that the filmmaker was hoping to accomplish and he did successfully.
  11. The gardner just wants to water his plants in the grass so that his plants can grow and flourish. Let's say that the antagonist in the film was his neighbor and that he just wants a reaction from the gardener just for fun. The legacy has involved usually an innocent bystander and a mischievous prankster just for comic fare nowadays the idea would be simple and tame. As the evolution of comedy has evolved over the years. So the film set a precedent for other comic films to follow as an example as well as television. This film I found out was referenced in an episode of The Simpsons Season 14 episode 5 titled "Helter Shelter" where Bart suggested that they go outside and see Homer drinking from a hose just to enjoy their merriment since there is nothing exciting on television anymore as an example.
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