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  1. 1. How well does Alan Dale's definition of verbal slapstick fit the Marx Brothers? Oh yeah, they verbally slap each other with a stick clear across the room. 2. Can you identify specific "characteristic gags" that Groucho and Chico use in their on-screen performance of this extended verbal slapstick gag? The play on words banter between the two before ripping the contract to shreds is a clear example because you can't fool Chico there ain't no sanity clause. 3. Which of the five conditions we associated with visual slapstick comedy (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent) remain operative in the use of verbal slapstick in the movies? Repetitive ripping up the contract and stating party of what part, where. That and the painful jokes. They'll split your side if you're not careful.
  2. How well do the slapstick elements of this clip match up with the five conditions of slapstick proposed in Module 1 (exaggerated, physical, repetitive/ritualistic, make believe, painful/violent)? Exaggerated not so much. Except the water gag. That part was repetitive and make-believe. Nothing was really physical as he didn't hurt himself whatsoever or put others in any danger. It was more painful to watch than anything. 2. Do you find the clip confirming or challenging Gerald Mast's description of Charley Chase? Even in a short clip, do you get the sense that his greatest emotion is "exasperation?" Yeah you do get that but more than exasperation he's a **** stealing barber supplies to shave his face. He's low class onscreen yet sets his standards sky high wanting Thelma Todd. 3. As an early talkie that is transitioning from the "silent film era," how well do you think this scene uses synchronous sound and music in the construction of its gags? It does it's job. I will tell you though it kind of dates itself as being from when the industry was in transition finding itself again.
  3. 1. In what ways does Lloyd use the settings, amusements, and attractions of Coney Island in pursuit of creating original slapstick gags? Be specific. Lloyd takes the carnival rides and uses them as an accent to himself as being a physical prop. In other words the merry go round is the setting but it's the crab in his pocket pinching people's bottom that serves as catalyst for people to jump up and not hold on. Also when he eats too much you think he's going to be sick but no, Lloyd only tests his lungs on another carnival game. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Schickel's assessment of Lloyd as more "real" or "freer" of "exaggeration and stylization" than Chaplin or Keaton? Why or why not? I agree because Lloyd used a whole cast of characters to make a gag worked whereas Chaplin it was protagonist/antagonist and Keaton it was man vs. house or machine. 3. In watching this clip, what contributions do you see that Lloyd added to the history of slapstick comedy Lloyd introduced more of a setting and added exciting places like a bustling amusement park as the setup for where he was going with his gags. Anyone could be pinched in Lloyd's world.
  4. 1. What elements (set design, costume, prop, camera placement, acting) make this gag effective as visual comedy? The piano, the house and acting all make this effective because one plays off the other. 2. In what ways do you sense that Keaton's comedy differs from that of Charlie Chaplin? Keaton doesn't steal. Chaplin you always saw getting chased by police but not Keaton. Also Keaton started his career playing off Fatty Arbuckle but as things evolved Keaton played off of his perilous surroundings like a two story house, a train, etc. 3. When you watch a scene like this with Buster Keaton, what contributions do you sense he added to the history of slapstick comedy? Keaton led the way for people taking something like a house falling on someone to new heights giving himself little to no room for mistakes.
  5. What a grub! It's funny but it's also rude. I love it. Like you see the contrast between the Tramp and the busy chef cooking but what about the poor hungry dog? Doesn't he get a bite to eat too?
  6. I would agree but only insofar as that is all we have recorded history of. For all we know Vaudeville and live entertainment were much more grand. In terms of movies the silent era took much from theater so yes, in their own element were the greatest because they were not expected to be held to any higher standard as no rules had been written yet.
  7. That's awesome how he got his name! Oh yeah. he definitely took his life in his hands but he knew what he's doing. Follow the sunshine. You can see the sun peeks through where he's supposed to stand so what do you do?
  8. I think it's hilarious and completely innovative for that time. I mean it was only in that century or so that they even had indoor plumbing. Moving from the outhouse on the farm to the big city why not use everything there to it's full advantage? If you have a hose, spray it. LOL!
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