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  1. 1. Do you agree or disagree with Agee and Youngson's statements that the silent films from 1912 – 1930 constituted "comedy's greatest era" or its "golden age?" Why or why not? I would have to say that I agree with some of their information given, but I also disagree too. 1912-1930 would be the beginning of the "golden age", but the "greatest era" would be the '30s and '40s. The greatest time would be the late 30s and early 40s because there was time to evolve with slapstick in movies and make a comedy without repeating any gags. 2. Do you agree with the film's narrator that in the silent film era the "gags were completely visual—a form of wit that has all but disappeared from the land, but which experts now agree were among the most imaginative and enduring comedy of all…?” Did this form of comedy "disappear" or did it simply evolve in the sound era? I agree with the narrator that all the gags we saw are visual in the silent era because it was a time where they were just learning about films and needed people to do stunts. They did just like they did in vaudeville shows, just with a camera in front of them and they could make it anyway they wanted it. Slapstick is still around and even when the sound films started coming out, comedy was still there. Editing in sounds and pictures evolved, so that part of comedy changed after a while, making less people do dangerous stunts or getting hurt. 3. What impact do you think documentaries, compilation films, and essays like these have had on popular opinion about the silent film era? The impact of films and essays about the silent film era made people more interested about what happened during that time and could possibly appreciate the actors knowing how the films had to be made during that time. Everyones opinion is highly thought of because it helps move on to future plans to making films and comedy better.
  2. Buster Keaton worked with anything he could use to make it hilarious and he achieved that. From watching both clips it's clear that if something went wrong, it could have hurt him, but he took that chance. That kept the audience always watching to see what he would do next and knowing it would add to the comedy. He had a great talent for silent films and I admire him for doing all his stunts himself.
  3. This episode showed Chaplin in a very simple gag and how just slipping on a banana peel can be funny and have an effect on what's happening. When he's playing with the policemen and making them try to catch him he does more than just falling but expanding the joke with other people and objects. The breakdown gave us more information about what's going on and how to look at slapstick in a different persepective. Chaplin was one of the greatest!
  4. Everything in the reading explains perfectly well what slapstick is and I agree with the definitions. In a comedy movie, slapstick is most likely used throughout the film and some or all elements could be used. I think that not all five conditions have to be used because if it's used properly, it will have the same effect, but it also wouldn't hurt to have all of them. I agree with all the definitions and I don't have anything different, but in my words I would say that slapstick is a way to make people laugh by doing something physical and way over the top.
  5. Hello, my name is Rosemary and this is my first TCM class I'm taking and I'm excited to get started. I never heard about the summer noir class last year, so I'm sad I missed it, but this will be great. I love comedy, especially Jerry Lewis and Lucy!
  6. For this being the first slapstick film, it had used fewer elements that put a movie together, but still shows that movies made later on are capable of expanding their acting and plot. This movie has an impact on later films and actors because there was room to explore new topics and add on more information. Each movie made after that has more humor and shows that there was improvement just from making that first film. I'm pleased to see this film because it's funny and even though it is short, in the time from the water stopping to when he gets hit with the water it gives off entertainment you can't miss.
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