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Patti Zee

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  1. I have so enjoyed every aspect of this course! Dr Edwards, thank you for bringing together such an enriching experience. And to all of my classmates, thank you so much for all of your ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm. It has been an honor to be among you. I would number myself among those who would like to see more online classes. The history of science fiction in film would be a very interesting subject. But I will be watching for ANY online film course taught by Dr.Edwards. Ciao for now everyone!
  2. In many ways it seems as though spoofs and parodies are the thinking person's comedy. Wait, wait...don't throw anything! To me, as much as I have grown to love the slapstick forms of the silent and talkie eras, and even the super slapstick era by having the opportunity to see them and analyze their wonderful properties, the comedy almost seemed to be handed to me on a plate. But in order to get the most out of a really good parody or spoof you need to dig in and look for references that can be as immediate as today or go back decades. Yes, the comedy of something like Naked Gun is coming at yo
  3. Whew! Let me catch my breath for a moment. ZAZ style is a complete and total mile-a-second slapstick festival with anything and everything fair game. Brooks/Wilder presented a slower paced but well crafted slapstick style homage to Hollywood's past in the form of the great Universal horror movies of the 1930's. ZAZ is making a very fast paced modern comic satire where nothing is spared the slings and arrows of nonstop gags, both verbal and physical. Inspector Clouseau is usually his own victim as the physical slapstick is most often aimed at himself with him struggling to reassert his
  4. Yep, my bad about the kazoo. I had gotten inspired and was listening to a CD of Woody playing great jazz while reading the board.
  5. It isn't as though we didn't know what we were in for, the movie title, the advertisements telling us it was filmed in Startling Black and White...The entire experience of this movie is a parody of and homage to the great Universal horror movies of the 30's. The combination of parody (Medical school lecture), broad physical slapstick (knee to the groin for checking reflex reaction) and verbal slapstick (My grandfather's work was Doo-doo!") along with a wonderful use of lighting (the more modern, less sinister use of grey tones), all work to move the plotline along. Filming in black and
  6. Mellish is a blue collar worker from New York. He went to San Marcos to try to impress his former girlfriend, a social activist who dumped him. So the parody/satire extends to include not only war/revolution but also the popular social activism of the sixties and so much more as the movie continues in unexpected ways.The slapstick is combined verbal and physical and very easy to see in the deli scene. First we think he is going into battle where death is a possibility... and then they all creep along the village street until he walks into the deli and orders lunch for the rebel army. The man b
  7. I agree with you. The gags, both physical and verbal, abound in the Road movies...I love them all! There are even running gags that continue through the whole series of movies, and beyond with Crosby making unexpected cameos in many of Hope's movies.They definitely should have had at least one representative movie in this class.
  8. Hello Start spreading, Ummm, exaggerated, over-the-top...remember some of the early defining qualities of slapstick? Well, the exaggerated hero and villain personas kind of fall under that, right? I don't know if you have had an opportunity to participate in a staged melodrama, and believe me the audience is an active participant, but we cheer the very stereotypical hero and boo and throw peanut shells at the very stereotypical villain. The title sequence sets that very tone for this delightfully funny movie.
  9. Since my classmates have done a beautiful job in discussing this delightful movie, a true favorite of mine, I'm not going to try and re-invent the wheel here. To me a huge factor in this movie is the music. I could keep my eyes shut and follow much of this movie by the musical choices alone. The hero music is a mix of many heroic phrases: presidential, martial and vigorous. And don't forget the triumphant ta-dah as The Great Leslie lands safely. The villain music is much slower and fairly clownish with darker tones. It plays each time we see Professor Fate in villainous pursuits. And though it
  10. The Good Humor Man is a sweet movie.It definitely had the feeling of a cartoon, like when Jack's character gets frozen in his ice cream truck and goes floating off in the flood caused by the broken hydrant only to be saved from going down the storm drain by the cops. The totally crazy chase sequence at the end again felt like a classic cartoon, and the music was perfect. The gags were done in the classic physical slapstick style. For example, our hero and his sweetie hiding behind a small couch in the bad guys' room, and giant springs come out the back and smack Jack into the wall and hold hi
  11. Hey Hoosierwood, I love animated slapstick! Looking at some of the live action movies you can see a lot of influence between the two. And then that delightful hybrid: Who Killed Roger Rabbit? If you get a chance to watch The Good Humor Man you will see that a lot of the gags are fast moving and very cartoon-like. These techniques continue in many of the best LA comedies.
  12. Well, Mon Oncle didn't grab me either, but I guess everyone is different. Just watched Scared Stiff, the Martin and Lewis vehicle. Normally I really enjoy this team but this was a remake of a movie with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard titled Ghost Breakers. The Hope version was much more to my liking with his great one liners. This one was stretched in a lot of non-plot line ways to fit Dean's singing in and Lewis whinning "Larry" every other word and the ending wasn't really very satisfying. This version did recall the "variety show" film format of earlier decades, especially with Carmen Mirand
  13. Robinlee and Bluboo, I didn't even make it an hour though I did try. I had hopes that eventually there would be something to truly identify it as slapstick, but as others observed, there was only the ritualism of a mildly OCD Frenchman. The behavior of his relatives in their oh-so-modern block house was mildly amusing but not enough to make me want to watch any further.
  14. The character of Clouseau is a perfect set of contradictions. If he were standing stii, not saying a word we would probably think of him as a dignified, well dressed, totally in control upper level police officer...then he speaks and as he becomes more excited spoonerisms erupt (that he does not appear to notice and George Sanders' character is too well bred to mention. My favorite gag in this scene is Clouseau's attempt to put the pool cue away. His approach is a bit tentative and evolves into a wrestling match with all the cues on the floor as Sanders looks on bemused and slightly conce
  15. The fifties were a very exuberant time as post war feelings of optimism flourished despite the new Cold War and the dawning of the nuclear age. Leisure and recreation were all the rage in our growing affluence.Colors in the home and fashion industry were much brighter in general. Pastels, Scandinavian, and modern were the pallets of choice with blonde woods and sleek modern designs. With new color processes available, The Long, Long Trailer was the perfectly designed vehicle for the times. The colors chosen were what every modern woman wanted in her home and the opportunity to see Lucille Ball
  16. Here we find a kind, compassionate man making his way evenly through the chaos of everyday life. He is put upon by circumstances, but sails serenely on. I agree that the way he is dressed adds to his appeal as a quiet sort of gent in these opening scenes...but these kinds of openings often lead to unexpected and very funny events. I haven't yet seen the entire movie, but I am drawn in to see what will happen. Then there is the building where he lives. Surprisingly bohemian for such a seemingly staid fellow. A very oddly shaped stage for this unfolding tale, but it seems warm and welcoming
  17. I was a bit taken aback with Dr. Gehring's comment that because Red Skelton left movies for television we didn't know him. I mainly knew of him because of his TV show, which we watched each week when I was a kid. Movies weren't as available as they are now, at least where I grew up. My first view of him in a movie was a revelation... and that was on TV also, not in a theater. Since that time, of course, I sought out all of his films and really enjoyed them all. A great visual and verbal comedian.
  18. There are so many elements that pull together in all three of these clips that make gags so funny they can still bring tears to my eyes. The Babe in a car with star-struck Lloyd truly makes it all work by the way he responds to these near death experiences and though we cringe, we laugh too. Joe E.Brown in the torrential rain digging through a seemingly bottomless puddle to find the ball, throw it home and save the day must have brought laughter and cheers to the audience. And what can anyone say about Leslie Nielsen? Starting slowly, tentatively and quickly escalating to total over the top hi
  19. The exquisite timing involved with this lighting fast exchange represents the same planning, practice and discipline so evident among the masters of the silent era. The Marx Brothers, to me anyway, represent the very best of verbal slapstick. We all watch to see who will win in this seesaw battle that seems to pit an ignorant Chico against a wiseguy Groucho, but they are really very evenly matched with Chico delivering the final twist to this gag. The extremely long contract that seems only to identify parties to it is a lovey piece of exaggeration that also pokes fun at the legal establishm
  20. Oh, and how about that over the top shudder of revoltion when he sees The Pip? Total slapstick there.
  21. I decided to read everyone's comments and watch not only the clip but the whole film before adding my own comments. Before he meets Miss Todd he is very snide and irritating on the phone to her but does agree to go to a dance. It is his friend who suggests he should try to look totally disagreeable to her though the garlic is his own idea.This whole sequence is quite exaggerated both in actions and words.They actually meet when he and his friend pick them up and the shock of it causes him to fall through a door into a bathroom where another woman is in a bathtub. Again the exaggerated actions
  22. Just looking at the clip shows some very good editing that still maintains the simplicity of the premise with the exquisite timing in execution. The cuts back and forth between the dog and Syd played so beautifully with Charlie's slight of hand with the cakes. The comic tension that developes keeps the audience wondering how long this can possibly go on before Charlie is caught in action. The introduction of the cop really adds to the tension until it is released in laughter when the cop makes his move and ends up being smacked with a sausage by Syd as he finally makes his own move and only ai
  23. Oopd, lost internet for a moment...the woman was Sybil Seely, aka Sybye Trevilla. Work often with Keaton and did some 21 films between 1917 and 1922. Great chemistry with Keaton.
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