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Everything posted by DontAiNow

  1. Yes, this clip shows an unrealistic hint of ebullience, with this frivolous song. A number of musicals from this time period were over-the-top escapism for audiences. The lyrics would be more suggestive like the song "Pettin' In the Park" (Gold Diggers of 1933) and costuming might be a bit different if this had been pre-code.
  2. I have come to love so many musicals. One I can watch over and over again is Singin' In The Rain. It is one of my favorite films and my absolute favorite movie musical. Singin' In The Rain always brings "a smile on my face:)"
  3. With the "setting of the stages" (on and off) and other technical and storytelling aspects, the audience views the beginnings of the 'Hitchcock touch". We have the theme of getting acquainted with the milieu and settings, as we will see in later Hitchcock films. There were no limitations, since this scene could have been done in a sound film with little or no dialogue.
  4. I never heard of Tati and Hulot. Nor have I seen "Mon Oncle". However, it was an intriguing and entertaining introduction to the actor, character, and film. For a movie about a man hesitant to a new society, the film gave me French New Wave and silent film vibes. It was humorous, witty, and fun.
  5. I found Mr. Hulot to be very observational and discerning. His surroundings didn't just surround him, he knew his way around his apartment and neighborhood. In a subtle comedic way, he would maneuver very quickly from one entrance, window, or way.
  6. I love this scene. I know the Marx Bros. are seen as "saturation comedy", but I feel this gag majorly influenced situational comedies. The physicality, moving parts, dialogue, and the scene itself, inspired gags, storylines and moments.
  7. Even though I wasn't too familiar of the work of Charley Chase, it was interesting to watch his short films. And to see how chase took mundane activities and turned them into slapstick features. 1. His expressions and actions were somewhat exaggerated. I didn't find them to be repetitive, and they could be viewed as ritualistic in a different fashion. Ritualistic in being a part of a daily ritual. (Like in the gag from "The Pip From Pittsburgh"). Make believe in circumstances and out-of-the-ordinary location. And make believe with the shiny suit- which some viewers may have not understood
  8. 1. Lloyd and Christy use the rides and attractions, as they go on their adventurous and fun, onscreen date. Realistic occurrences and occasional mishaps ensue. 2. First, I want to disagree that Lloyd is "freer with his actions. Because they are well thought out and meticulously executed. However, I can see how one could think the steps appear less stylized. 3. Lloyd added fun, lightheartedness, and warmth to comedy.
  9. 1. The piano, chandelier (light fixture), stairs, and the whole house were used or more seemingly were partakers in the gags, amusingly frustrating humans involved. 2. Like others in the chat have mentioned, I think Chaplin was more performer-like or acrobatic and Keaton was a regular person who realized he could do extraordinary things under certain conditions or duress. 3. Keaton added more realism to the gags and potentially plausible reactions to them.
  10. Chaplin's physical comedic skills are credible and beyond entertaining. You can clearly see his experience from vaudeville. He was able to vary the level of output. He could do a small, real world person stunt or gag, acts of a clown, or incredible acrobatic feats.
  11. 1. Yes, I agree with Canby. The visual comedies of today are missing a raw-ness, effortlessness, and the follow through with humor and laughs. 2. The physical use of space and setting played a role in helping with the gag, along with props. Also a connection piece in the story. 3. The gag contributes to influencing intricacies and cleverness of gags that followed.
  12. 1. Even though it is basically a matter of opinion or subjective, I do not think 1912-1930 was "The Golden Age of Comedy". However it was "The Golden Age of Slapstick" (spilling into the 30's). Charlie Chaplin is regarded as one of the greatest film comedians, and I agree with that sentiment. But I don't think I can pinpoint one era. I appreciate most of the fun comedians and comic actors from the 40-50s (for example, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball). And definitely the socially conscious comedy of the 60s and 70s (i.e. Richard Pryor). 2. No, I don't think the comedy was "completely" visual.
  13. I thought Chan had some Slapstick influences. And you made some great points and had the research to back it up.
  14. I love Jackie Chan's stunts. And even more, now that I hear his influences.
  15. Chaplin's gags were done seriously, were thought out well, and achieved with precision. The scenes that come to mind, The Gold Rush's bread roll, The Kid's chase scene, City Lights' boxing match, and Modern Times' dangerous skating in a department store.
  16. (According to intro) Slapstick: involves exaggeration, is physical, is ritualistic, is make believe, is violent. I think the comedy could use each of these qualities individually or in most cases use all of the features together to make up the full form, for a prank or a gag, or for almost an entire movie.
  17. I know Slapstick is defined or thought as being "on purpose" or violent. But I feel it could also be accidentally wacky happenings that uh... happen to someone. The comedy is done to and for certain effects, in film. However, in life you can sense the Slapstick and without harm, sometimes. Whether a fall, a mess made, or a misunderstanding,(if no one is hurt) you may look back and laugh at the situation.
  18. Hello, Dontai here. I'm excited to take this course. I'm big fan of classic films, and I am looking forward to learning more about this genre. I've seen several Slapstick films and have seen their influences on movies of different categories. I want to discover its history and how you can still see it emulated in the films of today.
  19. That's an interesting viewpoint. When I viewed the film, I thought there was a different relation. I thought they were either related or neighbors. But looking closely at the very early movie, you can see the character who pulled the prank, was (of course) getting more enjoyment out of it. On the other side of the prank, the other character was obviously not pleased. He looked very serious, but I wonder if he got any pleasure out of the retaliation.
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