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  1. First movie I ever saw her in, like almost 90% of the rest of the population was Wizard of Oz. I must have been 5yrs old maybe. Terrified me!! But I loved Dorothy! As I got older and saw the film again and again (Who hasn’t) I saw the innocence that she brought to the roll but there was an underlying determination that would not be stopped until she got back to Kanas. This effect she had has never left me. I am a big fan of Gene Kelly, so watching her in Clip #2; I was smiling the whole time. I honestly thing she stole the scene with Astair, no easy feat! She was a delight to see do comedy that was only lightly touched on in other rolls. In saw her in The Pirate with Gene Kelly and loved her in it. But I will confers I have not really seen her in to much.
  2. Look at the parade, Marching bands, flags everywhere, and cheering crowds. A positive scene that one cannot help but to feel happy and patriotic about. In FDR’s office, we can see a picture of battle ship in the background from the Civil war. The Oval office alone is a sign of patriotism. I really noticed his delivery of these statements. Cagey uses his in a way that you can tell this is proud moment for him. He delivers it with such pride in himself and his father that one is drawn into the feelings that he is having. He never seemed down or melancholy at any point. Opening with the visit to FDR firmly sets the scene and sets up the parade scene. Even if they opened with the parade scene it still would have been a patriotic setting but the audience would have to catch up a bit to see what was happening and when and why.
  3. The biggest thing I noticed in this scene is Rogers is not dancing backwards to Astair. She is equal and she keeps it that way. The set is less grandiose and they are not wearing tuxes or big flowing dresses. This is more to the common man look The world was changing, everyone knew what was happening in Europe, women were asking for more in the world and getting it. We can almost see the start of where women are being seen as equals. Even though we are still not totally there, it was in these movies that we start to see it.
  4. The close ups add to the scenes. The garter shows a subtle sexuality even when she lifts her dress and is wearing two garters the audience is now in on the joke. This is even more accentuated when Chevalier calmly puts the gun in the drawer with all the other guns Chevalier breaking the fourth wall. Being a non-French speaker the 4th wall breaks up what would have been slight confusion and adds a level of humor and slyness. The audience suddenly realizes what is happening and follows along without understanding the language (Us non-French speaking people anyway) Everything was big and opulent. Women in magnificent dresses, men in tuxes and the haves living the life of excess. Pure escapism.
  5. In the first scene it is all about him trying to woo her. He is being very open and upfront about it with just a hint of jealousy. Like a typical school boy he tries to outdo the Italian rival by singing to her. You can see her humor at first and then admiration at his singing but does not seem to be swayed. There is obvious chemistry between the two as they play out this little romance on the water. If I have seen them in something I do not remember what it was. I noticed that there was very little in the way open sexuality. It was clean and men where to be the dashing savior to the woman who has hit hard times but doing it with no expectations. I mean, he was even a Mountie, a dashing figure that saves the oppressed and brings law.
  6. I believe that it does, just the scene of freely handing out a 5 pound note in the 30’s would have been almost unheard of, not to mention expensive. The scene also had a very light hearted feel to it belies the times and what was actually happening in the world. I think the scene might have been a little darker in tone, especially between the two gentleman, not to mention Held might have been a little more undressed.
  7. I have three that I have seen on many occasions, Singin in the Rain, Grease and Top Secret (a totally silly movie that spooks Elvis and Spy movies)
  8. I loved the banana peel bit, but as stated by others the comedy grew once Chaplin got control. Involving others and more elaborate sets allows for more comedy potential. Laurel and Hardy were great at this as well, bringing in others until the whole thing is totally out of control pie fight. Chaplin got more control and went bigger and bigger and funnier at the same time. But sometimes doing more with less was just as funny and if not genius.
  9. I agree with all 5 factors for slapstick. I believe that the violence has to be part of it though. But for slapstick to work the violence needs to be at an absurd level so that we know it is make believe otherwise the violence just becomes a slasher flick. Take Wile E. Coyote (Super genius), even though it is a cartoon, we know that the violence is just absurd. We expect the fall and blowing up (ritualistic) but we still want him to never get the road runner and to continue to have the prat falls. In the silent movies and beyond the violence never seems to hurt to actors/actresses, so we know it is make believe. Every movie of Abbott and Costello had Bud Abbott slap Lou Costello at least once, but they did it because it got laughs, Lou was never really hurt (I assume there must have been some stinging) but this violence again was over the top and absurd, no way in real life could a person get away with this. It was ritualistic because they did so often that Bud knew how to slap Lou without causing any real pain and Lou knew how to take the hit. The violence is needed but again needs to be at such a ridiculous level that we know it is make believe.
  10. As pointed out in the topic description, this was a departure for Louis Lumiere, where he filmed more serious aspects of life. Even though this is funny, does it really differ from other aspects of life? This prank still happens today and people still laugh whether in film or not. Would we not all try to spray the kid in the film back? Taking a regular action in life and taking it to absurd levels is what makes it funny. The chase in this case, even the spanking in the original film would have been funny. Chaplin, Keaton and others have all done the same thing, take everyday life and poke fun at it. In the General, Buster Keaton was doing what he thought was his duty but throw in obstacles and funny things happen as he tries to get around them.
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