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Martha S.

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  1. Thanks to Dr. Edwards, Dr. Gehring, Vince Cellini, Greg Proops, and everyone at TCM, Ball State, and Canvas. Hope I'm not forgetting anybody. I really enjoyed the course and am looking forward to more. I look forward to looking back over the course and catching up on the readings I missed. Just wish I was a college student again instead of working full time so I could have spent more time on the class! Martha
  2. 1. How does the spoof style of Ferrell and McKay differ from or compare to the styles of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or the team of ZAZ? Be specific. I say this without having seen Anchorman, or any other Will Ferrell movie, all the way through, but: In Anchorman, Ferrell and McKay aren't at all political or topical the way Woody Allen often is. Allen often comments on contemporary mores, especially in his later movies, whereas Anchorman seems 100% silliness to me. It makes fun of a bygone era, and one that's kind of an easy and popular target nowadays; it's not meant to be cutting social com
  3. 1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. It's pretty much wall-to-wall gags, one after another, and they don't limit themselves to parodying a specific genre, but throw in slapstick elements and visual gags wherever they can, whether or not they further the plot (like the scene where "Al" walks in, the camera never moves to include his face in the scene, and when Drebin tells him he has something in his mouth, about a quarter of a banana falls out). Also, there's the random gag where two characters walk through a door whi
  4. 1. How does this scene successfully parody the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s? Be specific. The scene parodies one we've seen before in horror films: the man of science presenting his ideas to an classroom of students or colleagues. In this scene, as in the similar scenes in real horror movies (can't specifically name any, but I know I've seen it multiple times in horror movies), we start to see the hints of the mad scientist that will emerge. But it's played completely for laughs, with Wilder trying desperately (but failing) to convince his audience (and himself) that he's a man
  5. I would call the bit with the fish and the dog slapstick. Or maybe "Implied slapstick" or "almost slapstick"? Nothing every really happened with it. I was waiting for the dog to grab the fish and for Mr. Hulot to walk away without noticing his fish was gone. The bit with the falling tomato was similar. It could almost be called violent (because of the fall/splat), but wasn't quite, and it didn't result in a full-scale food fight or a chase, as some earlier slapstick films might have. I'd say it's physical humor, but doesn't quite meet all the criteria laid out in this course to meet the de
  6. You learn that his character is kind (he gives the girl the apple) and unassuming. (When the grocery seller scolds him, he doesn't seem to get angry or protest.)
  7. Great points, wjones20. About practical jokes vs. things that happen to people. I don't know if practical-joke slapstick is the lower art form, but I tend to like it less because of the meanness/malice. Modern Times is a great example of slapstick being a way to work out discomfort with new technology, of course. I'm trying to think of any similar scenes more recent than IBM era and failing. The only recent movies/TV that deals with modernity I can think of are dark and/or apocalyptic science-fiction movies.
  8. I guess in "One Week" you could say the gags are the plot. Or you could say that they do interrupt the plot, since he's never successful at getting the piano into his house. And it looks like he's not even successful in building the house, since it's all off kilter and then gets further destroyed by Buster cutting a hole in it, holes being made in the roof, etc. I think I option #2.
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