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  1. I too would like to add my immense thanks and appreciation to Dr. Ament and Dr. Edwards for an outstanding experience. Having previously taken the ‘Slapstick Fall’ online course through Ball State/TCM, this too was yet another enjoyable class! The lectures, podcasts and daily doses further enhanced and personalized the course. As I’ve stated elsewhere, I would love to see this stellar team of experts come together and offer an online Bachelor’s Degree program in Film and Media Studies as Arizona State University has done. I will gleefully toss my money in Ball State’s direction!
  2. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite movies! I realize there’s a huge age difference between Fred and Leslie, but there was a sweetness and magic between the two of them.
  3. I’d brought this up on Twitter a week or so ago, but I am curious as to whether any consideration is been given by Ball State to launching an online accredited Bachelor’s Degree program (as ASU has done - see below) in Film and Media Studies. I’m sooooooo on board if this happens! https://asuonline.asu.edu/online-degree-programs/undergraduate/bachelor-arts-film-and-media-studies
  4. 1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. For me... ZAZ seems to like to do a combo of the obvious... and also toss in the element of being blindsided! You KNOW the dart is going in someone's neck - but with the shoe, not so much. You're thinking that the 'knife at the toe point' is it - that THAT'S the joke - but then you have the entire Swiss Army Knife shtick that comes into play. Then you've got the 'too tall for the scene' lab worker - funny, yes! But then drop a half of a banana supposedly dangling from the side of his mouth onto the work space and the 'element of surprise' hits you once again. Of COURSE there's going to be an airbag malfunction... but then another appears and kicks the car into drive... and then a dive out of its pathway... then shots fired... then an explosion as the runaway car careens down the hill.. let's toss in a water hydrant - and the amazing ability of the car to continue down the hill and make a perfect right turn! Oh and of course, we have to get the name of the driver AND let's start interrogating all of these witnesses. The ZAZ team definitely knows how to build a joke and milk it for all it's worth!!! 2. How is ZAZ's approach to spoofing similar to or different from Mel Brook and Gene Wilder's approach in yesterday's Daily Dose? As somewhat referenced above, where Mel will hit on a joke and move on... the ZAZ team takes a moment and builds an entire stream of the wonderfully ridiculous into their slapstick - and the amazing Leslie Nielsen (who made his career as the straight man) takes that deadpan, serious side and hands his straight man life directly into the hands of the ZAZ team and becomes one of the cinema's most memorable characters, all while never being directly in on the joke. A man who would carry a 'flatulent sound maker' around in their pocket and set it off in formal social situations is definitely a man I would have LOVED to hang out with! 3. In the context of slapstick comedy, compare Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau with Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin. For me, the differences are in that Clouseau was somewhat aware of his clumsy, bumbling nature and tried to make corrections (especially when I'm reflecting on the pool cue scene in the Pink Panther film where he's trying to put everything back together). Drebin appears to be completely oblivious to the chaos he'd create - or the chaos that would follow him. Given the same situation with the pool cue's, I believe that Drebin would have simply walked away, unaware of the mess he'd created.
  5. 1. In what ways does this scene from Bananas operate as both slapstick comedy and as parody? I believe from the standpoint of the music used, plus the absurdity of the situation - compounded by the calmness of the restaurant owner in taking the order in a way that it implies that 'this sort of thing happens every day - nothing out of the norm' manner. The parody would be in Allen's reaction to militia interaction - as if he were dealing with bank tellers, for example - handling a transaction with normalcy - in an abnormal situation. The rest is psychological slapstick. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Mast in his view that Bananas more closely captures Sennett's style or spirit than The Great Race? Even if you haven't seen either film, you can base your analysis on today's Daily Dose vs. last week's Daily Dose from The Great Race. I'd say from a cerebral standpoint, there is mirroring of the Sennett style - but from a physical standpoint, definitely 'no.' I'd have to split the difference between the two films. The physicality of Bananas is greatly restrained in comparison to the Sennett years and even to 'The Great Race.' Woody Allen's brand of humor really pushes toward the cerebral aspects of humor without the overt physical slapstick that we know so well from historical slapstick cinema. Just my two cents... (not counting for inflation!) As I've seen mentioned, I too have problems with Allen on a personal level - but have tried hard to separate his professional away from his personal foibles.
  6. It took me a while to get this wonderful board to work for me so that I could chime in with a comment, but in the interim, I've really enjoyed reading everyone's observations. (also... I am totally loving this course - my first foray into the world of online education - me LIKEY a LOT!!!) So as a newbie (not to the Internet - heaven knows I wreak enough havoc on Twitter, IG and FB!!!), I guess it's time for me to weigh in... my very first comment... HERE GOES!!! 1. How would you compare Abbott and Costello's style of verbal slapstick in this clip with Groucho and Chico's style from Daily Dose #6? For me, it seems that the Groucho/Chico style is a tad more cerebral... they both seem to be on a relatively level playing field insofar as their banter/dialog goes, where with Abbott & Costello, Abbott is definitely more 'in the know' where the cerebral approach is concerned. 2. Wes Gehring's observation about the "polish" of Abbott and Costello's comedy routines is also a criticism of today's comedians that seem to lack "taste [and] timing." Even though it is a general comment, do you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with Gehring's lament about contemporary comedy. I somewhat agree... While people were raving over the movie 'Bridesmaids' I was trying to find the humor in the film. 'Diarrhea en masse' seems to be pandering for laughs - most bathroom humor seems pandering............. but then you'll have a film like Adam Sandler's 'Grown Up's' - where Kevin James's character's daughter catches daddy making a 'sissy' in the public pool at a water park (identifiable by the chemical they put in the pool to nail the culprit) that was really quite funny - this giant ring of dark blue encircling him - and the kids in the pool screaming and fleeing. If you want to see some excellent, contemporary slapstick - physical AND verbal - THIS is the film I would personally recommend (it also has HEART and a really great message too!). And then of course... as mentioned by many people in this thread... the genius of Jerry Seinfeld, to make special note of the physical slapstick comedy of 'Kramer' simply entering a room - doing the catwalk at a bachelor auction - trying the 'Manziere/Bro' on George Costanza's dad when George's mom walks in... or 'Elaine' doing her 'dance' at the Christmas party. I'd also like to cite the physical and verbal comedy in the show 'Friends' - Matthew Perry's 'Chandler' had some of the best material in the show! Granted... none of these can truly compare to the classics - Chaplin, Keaton... and the aforementioned Groucho/Chico and A&C - they ARE the Tiffany standard! 3. For those of you more familiar with the overall film career of Abbott and Costello (beyond this brief clip), what do you think is their biggest contribution to visual and/or verbal slapstick? For me personally, the bar is set very, very high with 'Who's On First.' Who of us who have taken a turn in acting or stand-up hasn't tried to replicate that routine? How many sitcom's have we seen where comedy writers have paid homage to this amazingly fine-tuned banter? It's stood the test of time - 70+ years later. The back story on Wikipedia is worth checking out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_on_First%3F ... till my next words of wisdom (lol) --- 'CHEERS!!!'
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