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Russell K

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  1. Loved Jersey Boys on stage, but was bitterly disappointed in the movie by Clint Eastwood. My reaction in the words of Clint himself:
  2. Gypsy, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Music Man, Les Miserables, White Christmas, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, any Fred/Ginger, any Busby - for starters I am powerless over musicals and my life is unmanageable, but singing and dancing in the living room help!
  3. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. ​Most of the examples I saw in the clip were already mentioned in previous posts. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? ​There appears to be much agreement on this. From http://www.openculture.com/2013/09/the-pleasure-garden-hitchcock.html, 1925's , viewable free in full at the top of this post. This silent adaptation of
  4. WOW! What a wonderful experience this has been! The credits are starting to roll and the exit music is playing! Like others, major kudos to TCM, Ball State, Dr. Edwards, Vince Cellini, Dr. Wes Gehring, and Greg Proops for a month like no other. Having used Canvas for my own classes, I also appreciate - aside from the instructional design, interesting content, engagement of learners, and the enlightenment and fun of it all - the hard work that it takes to structure such an online learning experience. The mechanics behind the scenes are much like the production of the many movies we
  5. How does the spoof style of Ferrell and McKay differ from or compare to the styles of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or the team of ZAZ? Be specific. Ferrell does not have the cerebral, dry aspect of Woody Allen. Ferrell’s humor does not seem to make a political statement. I do see some limited Mel Brooks influence in Anchorman. Just as Brooks took on the horror films in Young Frankenstein, westerns in Blazing Saddles, and Broadway musicals in The Producers, Ferrell takes on television news in the late 1970s. There is some of that element of Brooks, in that the viewer has to understand the
  6. These were so great to watch and I am already starting to go into withdrawal, knowing this is my last fix. Maybe it is Gag Reflex! The telestrator was a great way to see these film clips in a different way. And just as slapstick had many great pairings over the century - the OUCH students have had a great pairing in Cellini and Edwards. Well done and truly memorable!
  7. 1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. Hitting the trash can, air bags deployed, drive engaged by air bags, Drebin unaware car is in drive and following him, Drebin showing his badge, firing his gun - all within the first 28 seconds of the clip - and all with Nielsen maintaining his wonderful deadpan throughout. (I will leave the remaining 2-3 minutes to others for examples.) Again, crammed full of comedy gags amidst the deadpan detective. A much faster pace than Pink Panther, with a focus on visual and verbal slapst
  8. 1. How does this scene successfully parody the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s? Be specific. “The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein…. and the film employed 1930s' style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black. The film also features a period score by Brooks' longtime composer John Morris.” htt
  9. 1. In what ways does this scene from Bananas operate as both slapstick comedy and as parody? There is parody of the revolutionaries and also of the Peace Corps rep, who is trying to not make waves and seems wimpy compared to the soldiers that surround him. There is parody of the old western "round the campfire" drawing of straws. As noted in Slapstick Spoofs Part 1 - Slapstick Goes Bananas - "[Bananas is a] comedy of ideas....that are closer to the springs of a truly political satire than most of the pseudo insight that passes for political satire in the media these days But, there
  10. Just finished watching THE GREAT RACE. I am sure if I had seen this film when it was released, I would have remembered. So it was a treat! Yes, it was way over the top, yes it was a bit long, but the cartoon characteristics as noted in class this week made it enjoyable and amusing. Reminded me of my passion for Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris and Natasha, and Fractured Fairy Tales - cartoons I loved even more than my Looney Tunes. I enjoyed the bouncing ball to the music of The Sweetheart Tree. The Mercer- Mancini tune is a pretty one, and while it ultimately defined the relationship be
  11. I think everyone has said what is needed to be said in response to the questions. I am grateful, however, to have learned this week of Frank Tashlin, referenced in this Doozy. I had never heard of him until this week and amazed at what a historic figure he was with both live action and animated films. Another bonus of this course!
  12. Interesting to note from the attached from Wikipedia that the Stooges were first on ABC in 1949, but did not enter syndication until 1958. Again, studios holding out, until they saw that money could be made. (see Television section of the article) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stooges Also that they did several other space movies prior to Have Rocket Will Travel (a pun on the TV show - that ran from 1957 to 1963) - from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Stooges_filmography (see below) 1957 178 Space Ship Sappy (April 18) 182 Outer Space Jitters (December 5)
  13. 1. Select one gag from this scene and describe why it is effective as visual and verbal comedy? (You can include discussion of performance, costume, props, set design, sound design) Gag - Sellers playing pool with crooked cue, rips fabric of pool table, attempts to fix it Performance - Sellers attempts to maintain composure as bumbles through his attempt at playing pool, deadpan expression reminding of Keaton, so much expression in Sellers eyes, word use - realous jage! - wringing of the pool cue prior to making the shot, taking time to set up the gag Costume - all are dressed in bla
  14. Mon Oncle (1958) While the use of sound and scenic design was commendable in this film, I just didn't get it and by 70 minutes into the film, I gave up! It struck me as interesting that Dr. Edwards was the primary one tweeting during the live broadcast. Don't know if it was a slow night for Tweeters, but seemed that those of us on line did not respond to this film as we have to earlier live tweet nights. I see that there are many Tati devotees from the posts - maybe it is more of a cult following thing? But I guess I am a more simple guy - personally, slapstick and its humor have to grab
  15. 1. What do you think the addition of color adds to this scene and its gags? The use of color as a technique to combat the rise of television is obvious in this clip. Seeing Lucy's red hair, color contrasts within the trailer itself at the dinner table, use of color in Lucy's pajamas and the comforter, and of course - the mud at the end, which - without color - would lose some of the texture of the gag. These are just a few. 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
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