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  1. Since we’ve been reading about the strong bond between the silent slapstick era and the talkie slapstick era, I couldn’t help wondering if the silent comedians who pioneered slapstick helped influence other cinematic genres, also. While watching Lloyd's feature film, Speedy, I was struck by the populist genre elements mixed into the narrative. Although the film is lighthearted on the surface, there's a sinister, underlying tension caused by the "big guy" trying to take down the "everyman" (aka the grandfather who runs a horse drawn streetcar). What’s interesting to me is that the story isn
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