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  1. 1. This scene successfully parodies the old Universal horror films, outside of the obvious black and white, by taking place in a seemingly serious medical setting. That's where most of these movies took place or started- in a serious medical setting that would seem plausible. 2. This scene moves between comic subtlety and slapstick humor very fluidly. When Gene Wilder is speaking he moves into the insults without changing his tone or missing a beat and the next thing you know he knees the old man in the groin. He goes from the subtlety in his words to his actions portraying slapstick h
  2. 1. This scene looks and feels like a live action cartoon for a couple of reasons. The first reason is how the characters were dressed. Even though everyone in the movie was dressed period correct, Jack Lemmon was dressed in all black with a mustache to symbolize he was the bad guy. Tony Curtis was clean shaven, dressed in white and pristine to symbolize he was the good guy. Colors were used as a contrast between the two characters which is something only normally done with cartoons. The second reason are the characters' actions, mainly Jack Lemmon's. The way Jack Lemmon talks and genera
  3. 1) I don't know if I would fully agree that the period of 1912- 1930 was comedy's greatest era. I would say no because the comedians in movies and on TV from about the 1940s- 1960s married slapstick and sound together very well. The greatest example of this, in my opinion, is Jerry Lewis, but there were others like Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, etc. With comedians like that, you laughed just as much at what they did with their bodies as you did with what came out of their mouths. With that, I would say that era was comedy's greatest era. However, without those like Chaplin
  4. Exaggeration is definitely a key element in slapstick comedy, whether it's through sound or physical motions. These comedians performing slapstick, for the most part, are going through the motions of seemingly normal routines. In order to make them funny or highlight the ridiculous, exaggeration is needed so that the audience catches it and finds the humor in it. However, this is not an easy task because if something is over exaggerated, it is no longer funny, it just comes off as stupid or annoying. As mentioned in the module, it takes these comedians many years of performing to get it ju
  5. This first slapstick film, in essence, really is no different than the movies that came after it, especially those immediately preceding it in the silent era. Those making comedies in the silent era had to make their films exceptionally simple because they only had actions to portray it. "L'Arrouseur Arrose" portrays something so simple and something we all have done, which gives the audience the ability to connect to the film and that in turn makes it all that much more powerful. Comedy should be simple because if you have to explain it, then it isn't funny.
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