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About ScottZepher

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  1. 1. Applying Jeffery Miller's distinctions, Ferrell most closely resembles Woody Allen, in that the deception in Anchorman is that Male Chauvinism did exist in the local news outlets during that time period. The character's attitudes accurately reflected this . . .until we get to know the characters better, or worse as the case may be. Both Ferrell and Allen have very creative ways of exposition without breaking the fourth wall, either by thinking out loud (Allen) or by interacting with animals or inanimate objects (Ferrell's classic-but still funny-discussion with his dog). 2. The cameo
  2. Thank you, Dr. Edwards, using the ESPN telestrator concept, and inviting Vince Cellini. Together with Dr. Gehring's illuminating lectures, you gave the course a valuable and entertaining learning source. Poor Lou, wouldn't be the last time he'd have problems with hands. Hand gags were almost always part of the repertoire, as seen at 29:37 on this episode of the :
  3. A little late to the board, so excuse if my reply is repetitive (also watching the full movie as I write this, so apologies if an extra gag falls in) 1. Gags, gags and more gags: Visual (car "chases," "The Police Station), Lines ("You've got something on your face . . ." ) 2. Ain't nothing subtle about ZAZ's approach. Every frame of every scene was fair game. I remember the original "Police Squad," (one of the few shows I actually watched during that period, (though they might have been post-season reruns), where a couple wanted to be alone, so they went out into a "Japanese Garden."
  4. 1. The university laboratory/classroom was a fairly common scene, not only in Horror but in many other movie genres during the time period. Here the Professor is himself condemned by the know-it-all student (in other films the professor condemns the student, the students conspire amongst themselves for myriad reasons, etc.). Our Dr. F refers to the famous one, among other things, as "Grandfather," leading us to believe there is only two generations separation, but the class itself (with the exception of the Mr. Know-it-All and the creepy envoy from Transylvania?) could very easily have been
  5. 1. Exaggeration reigns throughout the entire clip, from the "drawing straws," to the outrageous deli order. While there is a suggestion of potential violence, this could be seen as an element of slapstick or parody. The musical interlude, twists on classic lines ("you better get some rest . . .) and the use of extras (the 'lookouts" smoking outside, the quirky mix of delicatessen delivery men and catering staff) are some of the details which made this an excellent send-off of the "guerrilla/rebellion" genre. 2. I would agree that "Bananas," has " . . .an apparent structure (peace corps s
  6. 1. First, there is color: big splashy color all over the place. A typical "barnstorming" balloon act, performing somewhere in America (or even in Europe), would not nearly be as colorful, or even clean for that matter. The Great Leslie may have had his circus tights bleached white (if he was lucky), but he certainly would not have a monogrammed straitjacket--he would have the real thing, four or six separate buckles to open, more exciting that way. His balloon would not nearly be so spectacular, unless he was the barnstorming magician equivalent of Bruce Wayne. Bunting? Do you know how mu
  7. I don't think anyone could do physical slapstick on the same level as the Stooges. When The Three Stooges aired in 2000, I first learned about their original--and violently literal--stage act. Later, when the trio enter movies, they discover how their gags can include sound effects. Michael Chiklis, who portrayed a very believable Curly, turned to brother Moe (very well played by Paul Ben-Victor) and said something along the lines of "now my ears won't ring for hours when you hit me." I believe Curly died first, and of a stroke. I know The Great Race has gone down in history as one of
  8. I had requested assistance re uploading a profile photo, but received no reply. I had a image well below the limit, but couldn't even get it into the editing area. What exactly is necessary to download a photo?
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