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  1. 2. Watch the professor and consider the role of the straight man. This scene always cracks me up because Kelly and O’Connor are clowning with the draperies that look like Jewish prayer shawls when they sing “Moooooooo-ses.” Since our professor mentioned that the actor playing the professor was best known for portraying Hitler, I can see that postwar audiences, especially if Jewish, would have picked up on the Hitler-bashing subtext. Also if you imagine this guy as a fervent, dictatorial Hitler, you can see how meek he is acting here. He does a lot with his eyes, and he keeps his v
  2. I'm watching Woodward and Newman in View from the Terrace on Netflix, and I think I see what he means about that process making women's faces look dirty:
  3. I kind of want to open this up to discussing the rest of the film and not just this scene. I am so sad that I don't have TCM and can't watch one of my all-time favorite movies tonight. In this scene, I agree with everyone that color film makes Lucy look really beautiful, and at the table, when she tells "Nicky" about how she fell in love with him, she just glows because she really did love Desi Arnaz. But if you take the movie as a whole, there are a lot of location shots of some beautiful mountain and desert areas, and the colorful trailer-court life, that just really open up vistas that were
  4. A couple of other things, maybe under Question 3 -- I was impressed with the timing of the milk bottle booth gag. That man had to enter at just the right time to get smacked in the face, and then when he threw, he had to hit the bottles. I wonder how many takes that took. The rest of the clip seemed to be less staged, just people playing on the rides. This is later in the 1920s, but I don't remember seeing a girl's dress ride up that high in earlier films. She is showing an awful lot of leg and undies. I wonder if that was daring for the day, or had the flapper era really come that far? S
  5. I just want to say that I LOVE the SportsCenter format! Besides looking and sounding great, it serves to emphasize the physical, athletic aspects of great slapstick. I love how you guys can analyze the sight gag the way you analyze a great sports play. I love how impressed Cellini is. Maybe you should have filmed the Noir course lectures in a detective's office in the basement of the Los Angeles City Hall. The last door on the right.
  6. I agree that the silent comedy era was A golden age, but maybe not THE greatest age of comedy. The people who took cinema into its adolescence were fearless geniuses, doing their own stunts and figuring out how to take visual comedy beyond what was possible in theatres and circuses of the day. The Doozy film clip showed how they used a giant revolving backdrop and a mechanical horse as crude but effective special effects. This was only the beginning of what would later be possible with special effects, but it all goes back to people like Mack Sennett and even Georges Melies working out how to
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