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  1. I had the pleasure of seeing this at the Nuart with Russ Meyer speaking after. It was 1996 or 1997. It's such a solid entertainment and Stu Lancaster's performance (especially his train monologue) is very praiseworthy. But please, let's give it the proper request and call it its full title: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! It is by far the best movie with three exclamation points, beating out Love! Valour! Compassion! by far.
  2. Dr. Edwards did a great job of putting slapstick in the context of cultural history and providing back stories on many of the famous and not-so-famous (at least to me) personages involved. Thank you. Can we call you the Muncie Movieologist? I'd love to give a HUGE thanks to my friend Brad who agreed with me to enroll in this course and planned to watch the TCM programming with me. He flaked out so much that it inspired me to keep on top of things and complete the course. Just so he'd feel extra dopey. And thanks, TCM. You're a great channel. I cannot wait for alternate methods of subscribing to your channel that don't involve cable/satellite providers.
  3. You guys have answered these really well. I think Will Ferrell's slapstick style can count Gene Wilder as an influence. He's got the repressed, barely contained insanity that explodes out of him in hilarious fashion like Gene does in his best roles (Producers, Young Frankenstein, Stir Crazy). The main difference is Wilder's characters are repressed out of fear of behaving badly and Ferrell's characters are contained because they want to project an image of cool and power.
  4. Foul Play and The Gumball Rally reminded me that 70's movies sure loved long car chases and Japanese tourist jokes.
  5. 1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. ZAZ approach is to squeeze as many jokes as they can in a scene all while Nielsen deadpans his way (so well done in this first Naked Gun; in the sequels he showed more emotion and physicality in reaction shots and it did damage the tone and humor of them) through. It's hard to cite specific examples of parody, besides the lab doctor who is the equivalent of Q in the James Bond movies showing off gadgets to Bond. 2. How is ZAZ's approach to spoofing similar to or different from Mel Brook and Gene Wilder's approach in yesterday's Daily Dose? Young Frankenstein keeps a more sustained tone in the buildup to a joke. If ZAZ had done Young Frankenstein, the garbled POOTUN ON DA REETZ! would not have been a payoff to a long setup, but would have been preceded by a visual joke about an audience member, Dracula snapping his fingers along to the music in his coffin, etc. 3. In the context of slapstick comedy, compare Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau with Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin. Nowhere near in artistry but I think the analogue of Sellers as Chaplin and Nielsen as Keaton could apply. Clouseau, as inept and bumbling as Drebin, does explode in frustration and rage to comic effect. Drebin is always stone-faced and the humor is with those around him. I just want to say I laughed even harder about Drebin looking through the microscope with his closed eye than the first time I saw it. It's such a silly little idea but so expertly done.
  6. I really like this idea, with emphasis on ones directed by African-Americans. The problem is finding enough films to make it substantive. I know Black Vaudeville and the chitlin circuit had physical comedians, but don't know if they did any, much less full-length, films.
  7. 1. I think the conceptual parody in this scene is the preconceived notion of how a rebel would raid a town for food for the guerrillas in the hills as seen in spaghetti westerns and other b movies. Instead of swooping down on horses or motorcycles with guns firing, Woody makes almost a generic deli order but multiplied in grand fashion. This results in the slapstick in the form of the delivery of the order with wheelbarrows of cole slaw and each sandwich in its own bag. Also, there is almost a clown car effect of several white-clad kitchen workers coming out with food from what seemed like a one-man operated diner in the set-up. You could provide lots of examples of Woody Allen in his movies up to Annie Hall having the clown's body: the playing the cello in the marching band and the soap gun getting wet in Take The Money And Run. the simultaneous lawyer and defendant on the stand in Bananas, the robot at the party in Sleeper plus many more. He of course changed course later, but those early movies aren't THAT cerebral. 2. I remember the New Yorker review of David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch said (quoting from memory so not exact) "A control freak's portrayal of an anarchist." And there's something analgous to The Great Race. It tries to capture a tone by recreating it, not rethinking it. And excess gets in the way of a key ingredient in comedy (timing)
  8. Man, Vince Cellini really flubs one of the great jokes at the end of this! Two examples of modern revisiting of gags come to mind when watching this episode. 1. Don't know if there is a direct antecedent to this gag, but the setup and payoff could've been done in 1901. From one of the funniest TV shows in recent history, Broad City. 2. Can't find the clip from Jackass Number Two, but there is an homage to the facade of the house falling around Buster Keaton. In the version at the end of the movie, it works the same as the Keaton gag but then a wrecking ball hits him. Funny enough. But in the end credits, they show the one where the house falls and HITS Johnny Knoxville who is then stunned and in deep pain. Just years after seeing narrow escapes, seeing the one time it fails is a shocking twist.
  9. Examples of cameos in comedies that immediately came to mind while watching this breakdown: 1. Merv Griffin in The Man With Two Brains. Very silly and very effective twist on solving a mystery. 2. Dick Enberg and Dick Vitale in The Naked Gun! Of course Reggie Jackson deserves attention but the announcers' hug was a highlight of the movie for me. 3. Buster Keaton in Sunset Boulevard. The stone faced man is granted one word to say twice. And speaking of one word... 4. Marcel Marceau in Silent Movie delivers the one spoken word in the whole movie in a great cameo.
  10. Hello, all. I'm making a friend take this course so I can watch the assignments at his place. I dream of the day TCM is a standalone service for Apple TV. I cannot wait to hear all the reactions and insights on this board!
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