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  1. I'd like to add another additional criteria to the definition of slapstick. Is it possible that slapstick also must involve some sort of struggle between a less powerful protagonist and a more powerful antagonist and that the less powerful must triumph over the more powerful in the end? The little guy or the Everyman eventually wins the day by perseverance, cleverness or sheer will and the rich, pompous and mean get their comeuppance in the end.
  2. Thinking about the many films that I've seen that I would consider slapstick, I have to say that the question of cruelty and permanent harm or real hurt are directly connected to one of the tenets of slapstick–the situation must clearly be make believe. For instance, in Laurel and Hardy's Flying Deuces, Hardy dies at the climax and his soul (an angel with wings and playing the harp) ascends to heaven–definitely a permanent harm but tempered by an element of the fantastical. Additionally, it seems that slapstick is also marked by a struggle for power and dominance. L'arroseur Arrose would n
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