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razvan36

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  1. I have watched more Chaplin and Stanley and Laurel...not so much Buster Keaton. I have to say, watching Dr. Edwards' presentation... I'm getting goosebumps now. These people during those times, were working hard to earn their life pension. How could they risk that much??? hard to imagine that these days.
  2. I have watched Chaplin movies extensively during my childhood. I enjoy remembering now the movies and the individual jokes of those times. I even remember where I was when I was watching some of them. The theory of it has always eluded me. These presentations are wonderful to understand the background structure of such a genre. I can see that physical prowess is essential for any gag (I could only think how many shots, Chaplin had to get for the "perfect" angle on his slip on the banana, and how many times he had to watch the scene with the trap door on the Dog's Life until the effect was "just right"). I agree with the comment, that "telestrator"---the first time I hear that word--- makes these lectures look like a sports commentary, but they are definitely very instructive into making the point of the explanation.
  3. I enjoy re-reading the posts relating to the first lesson of the program. The short "first Slapstick comedy" on record shows few elements, that now allow me to break it into small pieces. I have also thought about the unexpected part where the protagonist (the righteous man) looks into the opening of the hose, instead of the back portion of the hose, where a problem with the water-flow would be typically evaluated. Would that imply that his problem solving skills are not really as advanced as his job status would require? Does that give more justification to the antagonist (the mischievious boy) to play the prank on him? that being the stage, the object is quite a monotone waterhose that has the function to allow the water jet to sprinkle the garden ... duuhh! ... but wait... what cool stuff can come out of that scene in a movie that is less than a minute long... ... Aha... I say now 1. EXAGGERATION!!! then the elaborate movements of the gardener into looking in and around the hose 2. PHYSICAL then looking at it and in the opening yet again 3. ROUTINE REPETITION and then when the water splashes back, but he doesn't flinch of any pain or shows any injury ....clearly 4. PRETEND and finally mimicking 5. AGGRESSION ...lots of butt-kicking ....the laughter builds ups starting with the stopped water, then when the gardener looks into the opening and finally by the time the water flows into his face it is hilarious. The violence at the end is just a relief to ensure that the perpetrator gets his fair share of punishment. Great movie and excellent definition of Slapstick Comedy.
  4. Nice to know that this is the very first slapstick comedy movie. It feels like the anticipation of humor appears from the routine of the protagonist, witty disrupted by the physical interference of the antagonist. The object deserves its definition: it acts accordingly to the powers at work. Great clip! Razvan
  5. These definitions have been very enlightening. Looking back into my childhood memories of black and white movies of repetitive gags of butt slapping, dropping and punching with exaggerated physical response, I see much clearer now, why I was so amused about the scenes that appeared indeed violent. There was quite a subtle way to indicate the make believe portion of the acts (that I don't remember realizing conscientiously as a child) by the huge exaggerated moves in the acts that I would have not dare to imagine happening in real life. Movies well done, and even more two definitions well said. Thank you, Razvan
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