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  1. 1- ZAZ approach: One gag's completion lingers as new gag is set up. One gag segues into the next. Example 1: Car's airbags deploying - first the driver's side, effecting the gear change, then the passenger side, then after Frank jumps out of the way of the car, the car has back seat airbags deployed, then after car explodes, the trunk is being dragged. Then the car turns the corner and lingering effect of where is going to go and wreak havoc, as Frank tells cop to get the witnesses names. Example 2: The Swiss Army shoe is demonstrated and then while Ed is playing with the shoe, the next ga
  2. 1. Select one gag from this scene and describe why it is effective as visual and verbal comedy? The final punch: Clouseau has fixed his tie, regains his self-composure, restores his dignity with “Well, we shall continue this at another time,” bows politely and elegantly, then walks into the wall on other side of the opened door. To repeat his drawing attention away from himself as when he blamed the cue rack designer, he scape-goats the absent architect. 2. From this scene, what are key characteristics you would use to describe Inspector Clouseau? Based on those characteristics, what m
  3. Joe E Brown was funny! I think facial features like his are a gift to a comedian. His face was definitely his trademark. Whenever I turn the TV on - naturally tuned into TCM already - and I see Joe E Brown, no matter how late it is at night, I can't miss the movie. If it weren't for Leslie Nielsen's wonderful timing, I wouldn't find his comedy as funny - I would think it was hamming it up, but his timing is an art form. The brief pause, just right, the sequences building at a perfect pace, makes his physical comedy so successful. He's a great comedian.
  4. W.C. Fields has a melodic lilt to it, highs and lows, pitch changes. He slurs and drawls some words while others are very clear. He parodies male social interaction in the useless bits of advice he gives, sometimes introspectively. His gag lines sometimes are executed under his breath. He speaks with stiff lips, or out of the side of his mouth when he makes a commentary, seems almost like, to some invisible listener (really, his audience). His ouch sounds are hilarious, not what would be expected from a large man. He makes high-pitched ouch-sounds, sounds like a hurt baby tiger, He mak
  5. I watched ​Midsummer Mush starring Charley Chase and (LOL) directed by Charles Parrott and laughed all the way through. I'd never heard of Charley Chase until I started this course, so I thank TCM, Richard Edwards and the whole gang for giving me this wonderful opportunity to study Slapstick Comedy. Charley Chase played the role of a boyscout leader taking his troop on an outing, and of course he gets into all kinds of slapstick situations. Prop: Two whistles - Boyscout leader blowing it to keep his boys marching and the cop trying to direct traffic. -Use of cars and people creating traf
  6. Wow! What a new man. I begin to see the move to a different kind of comedian and he reminds me of John Cleese. In the Pip from Pittsburg, Charley Chase has several levels of mood, all that I am drawn into especially by his facial gestures. All the elements of slapstick are evident: Exaggerated in his reactions and his covert gestures to the antagonist. His moves define the opposite of subtle. He goes back to the fresh breath despenser repeatedly. And each time he gets better controlling it. The painfulness of having to deal with the antagonists is emphasized not just in his physical
  7. Filming is on location and it looks to me like it is helped with natural lighting. I wonder, did they use story boards back then? They would have filmed before the amusement park was opened, or did they keep real visitors standing aside until the scene was shot? The clip opens at the entrance of the amusement park and the first focus is on the full-figured lady who is bent over. It is all very innoncent, but already the set-up is evident. Something's going to happen. Speedy and Jane are in the distance, approaching. They don't notice the lady. But the audience does. Everything seems
  8. High Striker Game - Breakdown of a Gag Episode 3: From 1917 to 1920, the budget for filmmaking was getting bigger. I think it shows in the films in that Harold Lloyd's High Striker scene uses more actors, including a lady watching from the ticket stand or wicket. The guys helping to conked Lloyd up add to the common, likeable man that he played. I also noticed that Fatty Arbuckle enters the scene with his lady friend who picks up his hat after the conk. He also knows how to handle a cigar. So this is a man that already having a successful day despite the gag. But with Harold Lloyd, from
  9. Daily Dose of Doozy # 2 - A Piece of Cake: Charlie Chaplin I finally figured out a way to watch the clips from home, and so I can now comment! I think the beauty of this early silent film scene was its pure simplicity. Before sound and voices were added, the viewer had more connection with the characters, as they could imagine what was being said, and what the character might of sounded like. Without voice, the viewer must give his/her full attention for risk of missing something. Social issues of the time are evident even in this clip, just as social issues are a factor in today's comed
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