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  1. Today's slapstick still depends on surprise, shock and sometimes violence, as it did in the old days. However, there is less reliance on facial expressions. Notice in the Chaplin A Dog's Life clip how the merchant looks around for his missing food items in an exaggerated fashion and raises his eyebrows and glares at Chaplin and the dog. These are all hammy mannerisms by today's standard of acting but very effective. We still see this occasionally, such as in the Dumb and Dumber movies, for example. The movie Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy, depended more on extreme stunts for its slapstick.
  2. The Golden Era provided good clean fun. Today's comedy often involves gross out humor and sexual acts. This is not to disparage movies today; they are pushing the envelope of acceptability. Modern comedians often bend popular opinion in new directions. It is remarkable how quickly moving pictures changed visual media, especially slapstick. Instead of simply adapting stage theater, early comic filmmakers took advantage of the world at large and exaggerated everyday life to the hilt. Visual humor still persists today, but it often involves bodily functions. It would be interesting to see
  3. A very interesting look into the earliest slapstick film, from the 19th century, no less. Many early 20th century narrative movies were based on stage plays so it's fascinating that this short is filmed outdoors and not onstage. Also, the appeal of the story is that we, the audience, can identify with the characters. I have certainly been both victim and perpetrator of many pranks. How about you?
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