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  1. Previous commenters have done an excellent job of identifying the Marx Brothers' characteristic gags and describing how the five conditions of slapstick fit into this clip, so I would just like to say how much I love the term "verbal slapstick" for the Marx Brothers. I always feel a bit slapped around after I watch one of their films! Their jokes/gags are so witty, fast, and intricate, that it can be hard to keep up. I was thinking about Harpo (who we unfortunately did not see in this clip), and how he is sort of the personification of the "slapstick", or wooden paddle, that we talked about ea
  2. First of all, I was very excited to see Charley Chase included in this course! I have only seen a couple of his films, but thought he was fantastic in them. If anyone is interested, here's a link to a particularly great one, called His Wooden Wedding: 1. The slapstick humor was far more subtle here than in any of the silents we watched.The exaggeration was more in the creative ways he tried to spruce himself up, rather than in gestures or physical movements, though there was absolutely a certain physicality to Chase's humor (getting squirted in the eye, punch spilling from a cup). Chase
  3. Agreed! It makes total sense that Chaplin, with his little tramp character, would be the one causing trouble in his films. Stealing cakes, teaching his adopted son to break windows so he can get paid to fix them, etc. are exactly the kinds of things we would expect him to do. I think part of what makes him so endearing is that, as a tramp, his character is in dire need of very basic items, such as food; yet, despite his poverty, he maintains a cheeky and resourceful personality that gets him through any situation. There are certainly exceptions to him being the problem, like when he unwittingl
  4. I'm more familiar with Chaplin and Keaton, so it was really nice to see an episode focusing on Lloyd. I recently read a book called "The Silent Clowns" that examined the styles of the major silent comedians, and if I remember correctly, it took Lloyd much, much longer than Chaplin or Keaton to develop his particular on-screen personality he is known for today: middle class, elegant, charming, with those fantastic glasses. Luckily for us, he finally found his style and gave us some wonderful films. Safely Last! is superb. I thought he did a great job building off of Arbuckle and Keaton's "high-
  5. It was really fun to see the progression of complexity in Chaplin's gags over several years. As the gags get more sophisticated, one would think that they would grow funnier as well. However, I thought that the first and third clips (By The Sea, A Dog's Life) were funnier than the second (Tillie's Punctured Romance) due to the stronger personality Chaplin had in those clips. In both By The Sea and A Dog's Life, the tramp is very confident in his actions right before the main joke happens. In the first film, the tramp nonchalantly eats his banana and tosses the peel on the ground, complete with
  6. I agree with all of the definitions (I thought they were excellent), but exaggeration and ritualistic are the most interesting to me. When I hear the word "slapstick", my mind tends to go straight to the exaggerated facial expressions in connection with some kind of violent act we see from someone like The Three Stooges. However, some of my favorite slapstick comes from Buster Keaton, who with his stone face is known for his lack of exaggerated facial expression. The exaggeration in his films is expressed more through his incredible stunts and crazy situations in which he finds himself, such a
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