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Watching many early films by DW Griffith and Mack Sennet and found a lot of gun shooting and **** kicking. What was it with these guys? People actually thought these were so funny? Solving problems by resorting to shooting or expressing anger by giving a swift kick to the rear appear not so funny but sick.

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Animated cartoons were still in their infancy in the teens and twenties. Slapstick comedy filled the need that later Warner Bros cartoons filled. The human actors were extraordinary stunt men. Road Runner and Wily E. Coyote are animated versions of the same humor. My personal belief is to first view a film in its historical context, which would include the audience it was made for, the progress of film evolution to that point in time, (acting styles, cinematography, special effects and so on), etc. Animated cartoons couldn't fill the need yet. Humans did it better.... Plus it is difficult to apply modern standards of humor to an audience of a hundred years ago who do not share the same view of the world that we have. I have a feeling that most things were still pretty primitive and raw for the majority of Americans living outside of major urban centers.

 

Edited by: RoySites on Feb 25, 2014 12:19 PM

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