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  1. 1. "A golden age is a period in a field of endeavor when great tasks were accomplished. The term originated from early Greek and Roman poets, who used it to refer to a time when mankind lived in a better time and was pure (see Golden Age)." - Wikipedia This definition alone makes the films of this period part of a Golden Age. The difference I think you can debate here is that in Comic books or theater, Golden Age and Silver Age are more clearly delineated. The medium of film was itself so new that this time period was clearly both a golden age of comedy and slapstick, yet that doesn't prec
  2. For me, I feel like the addition of SOUND is also a huge difference in how we view the two circumstances. I mean, it helps that we are laughing about an anthropamorphized animal instead of a real person, but you also can hear the sounds that cue us into the entire thing being for fun. When I was younger I always had a harder time with the silent slapsticks that my parents would screen for us in the basement on weekends because I wasn't always sure if it was ok to laugh because there were no crazy sounds to cue me that it was supposed to be funny. When I got older and TCM existed so I co
  3. We were just having this conversation last night, but were referencing modern female comics and the way that some of the physical comedy they do is less acceptable than a male doing the same bits. Even today female comedians get the short end of the (slap)stick. To look back into cinematic history we can see that has always been a part of the business.
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