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  1. I just checked my dashboard on Canvas, and the course for Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies has been removed from my student dashboard. Until today, the course was listed under "In Progress." Why was it deleted? This isn't already a problem before the course starts, I hope. Anyone else having this problem?
  2. Is slapstick mostly an American thing or are there examples from other countries. I think England has examples, but what about France, Japan, Russia, etc.
  3. 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
  4. I've noticed some similarities between film noir & slapstick that previously I'd never seen. Primarily they involve subversion: class, age, social norms, morality, violence, exaggeration,& others. I'd love to learn how others may think about this, to me, previously non-considered similarities.
  5. Will there be any information in this course on the great Max Linder ("L'homme au chapeau de soie")?
  6. In the Week 1 module, Richard notes that film scholar Don Crafton describes gags of early slapstick serving "as as a source of narrative 'excess'". In other words, gags tend to be breaks from the plot and traditionally storytelling, intending to be used just for exaggerated humor. What I'm wondering is if there have been gags, either in early slapstick or present-day, where they were crucial and pivotal to the progression of narrative--where the plot simply wouldn't drive forward without the execution of said gags? Buster Keaton--perhaps?--whose gags tend to be forces of nature outside
  7. Since I saw a post dedicated to Tom & Jerry, I was wondering, is anyone a fan of the Flintstones? I have seasons 1-3 on DVD, and now taking this course of Slaptick Comedy, I find myself appreciating the cartoons I love, that fall under this category I mean, much much more! (It's obvious I am a huge cartoon lover, isn't it?) Also, I don't know if anyone has ever saw this similarity, but has anyone ever thought of I Love Lucy while watching the Flintstones?
  8. *I think my other post was deleted? If so thank you!* Anyways, I wanted to post this since the subject of slapstick in cartoons has been brought up, I was wondering how people feel about anime? I know most anime is rather dramatic and dark, but some of Japan's anime, is very humorous and beyond entertaining. I find myself enjoying it more than most live action comedy I see now a day. One example of an anime that to me, fills every ingredient to what makes a slapstick comedy is the 2006 anime "Ouran Highschool Host Club" which is about Scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, who is in debt to t
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