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Yeah, I'm in for sure.  The Film Noir class was top notch, and I'm thinking this one will be too.  Let's start with Mack Sennett, Mable Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle.  To quote Doctor Who, "Alonzi!"

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I am an ardent admirer of classic film and when I saw the Slapstick course advertisement I knew I couldn't pass up on the opportunity to learn more about film. I must profess, Slapstick is not my area of expertise (I'm more knowledgeable of the Pre-Code era) but I am eagerly anticipating the wealth of information that awaits me in the weeks to follow.

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So I'm new to this on line course (and I don't have cable so don't get TCM). The course started today and I read the first text page and watched the 44 second clip of the Lumiere film. All this too - maybe 4 minutes. Then it says the next section will be next week. What am I missing? Isn't there a video lecture?

 

Sorry. I'm just a newbie. (The Noir couse sounds like fun. Too bad I  missed it)

 

 

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So I'm new to this on line course (and I don't have cable so don't get TCM). The course started today and I read the first text page and watched the 44 second clip of the Lumiere film. All this too - maybe 4 minutes. Then it says the next section will be next week. What am I missing? Isn't there a video lecture?

 

Sorry. I'm just a newbie. (The Noir couse sounds like fun. Too bad I  missed it)

Hi SteveinPhilly,

 

My courses run a bit different from other courses. I like to start slowly and ease in the students since we have thousands of students around the world from multiple time zones.

 

Basically the course is set up to be modular - in one week increments. The first week is the slowest of the weeks as I am trying to get thousands of students on the same page and signed up.

 

Starting next week, there are various activities:

1. there are video lectures (starting in Week 2 of the course)

2. there are going to be Daily Doses assignments - Monday through Thursday

3. there are going to be additional videos created by slapstick scholars

4. there are going to be fan panels with new topics chosen by the students

5. there are going to be content pages with information about slapstick in four different film eras,

etc.

 

The course is just starting - I ease into it, just like I did in #Noirsummer

 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Rich Edwards

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Hi SteveinPhilly,

 

My courses run a bit different from other courses. I like to start slowly and ease in the students since we have thousands of students around the world from multiple time zones.

 

Basically the course is set up to be modular - in one week increments. The first week is the slowest of the weeks as I am trying to get thousands of students on the same page and signed up.

 

Starting next week, there are various activities:

1. there are video lectures (starting in Week 2 of the course)

2. there are going to be Daily Doses assignments - Monday through Thursday

3. there are going to be additional videos created by slapstick scholars

4. there are going to be fan panels with new topics chosen by the students

5. there are going to be content pages with information about slapstick in four different film eras,

etc.

 

The course is just starting - I ease into it, just like I did in #Noirsummer

 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Rich Edwards

Sure does DR. Edwards:

I noted that "Page 2" comes tomorrow (8/29).

 

I did have another question: When the last week of the course occurs I'll be out of town for a full week. I don't have tablet or smart phone. Will there be a few weeks after course ends to "finish it and take exam"? Is there a "drop dead" date by which you must complete the course? I know the certificate will only show me I completed something, and nothing else, but I'd like to stick with it.

 

Glad I found the course. Hoping you can do one on early sound musicals, like Vitaphones, TCM has a lot of those as well as musical shorts. And THAT is my real love. !

Steve

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Hello All,

 

This is Purushotham Reddy (call me Purush) from India. Thank you TCM and Dr.Edwards for making this course possible. I enrolled for the filmnoir course last summer but could not finish it all the way to earn a certificate. Hope and look forward to complete this one for sure.

 

I would like to see more courses in near future on war classics, westerns and possibly on how to assess and anlyze a movie (regardless of it genre).

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Hi, This is the first time I am taking a class like this. I am looking forward to it, being a film history buff and a slapstick fan. Just this first night and the 44 second film, "The Waterer Watered" and reading the essay I have learned some things already.

Thank you for this course and can't wait for more.

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Richard here. Looking forward to this class. To bad I missed last summer's class (any chance of a repeat?) My friend and mentor urged me into script writing first for stage, and now a film adaptation of a play. This class is going to be extremely helpful as slapstick comedy is one of my favorites.

 

I think this is really going to help with my future comedy writing.

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Hello, my name is Rosemary and this is my first TCM class I'm taking and I'm excited to get started. I never heard about the summer noir class last year, so I'm sad I missed it, but this will be great. I love comedy, especially Jerry Lewis and Lucy!

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