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Slapstick Comedy
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Slapstick Comedy Blumenberg. An Introduction to Film. P.108: “The 1920s in American film history are called by some the Age of Comedy” P.108: actors take “centre screen”. Their action influence camera movement and editing Gesture : mime& body movement
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Comedy Kings-1 Mack Sennett: 1912 Keystone comedies Cook. p.171: was actor with Griffith Slapstick: “influenced by circus, vaudeville, burlesque, pantomime, the comic strip and the chase films of the French actor Max Linder”
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Comedy Kings-2 Charlie Chaplin: Sennett’s protégé 1914: Mabel’s Strange Predicament: the tramp was born. 1915: moved to Essanay: two-reelers 1916: Mutual 1923: United Artists Cook.p.176: The tramp: worldwide symbol of the excellence of American cinema in the 1920s.
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Comedy Kings-3 Buster Keaton: Cook. P.177: Chaplin’s equal 1919: Buster Keaton productions With Chaplin’s Mutual films the high point
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Unformatted text preview: of American slapstick comedy (Cook.p.177) Aesthetics of Slapstick • Cook. P.172: “rapid-fire editing” • Chases; pies • Clown; mime; acrobat • Exaggeration; repetition; “choreography” • commercial successes Charlie Chaplin Chaplin & Ghandi The Director The Tramp A Jitney Elopement His New Job His New Job characteristics • Emotions + comedy • Self-reflexiveness • Siding with the poor, the underprivileged • Predominantly medium shot, few camera movements • Fast movement within frame The Kid Machine eats Man Modern Times Buster Keaton Buster Keaton Mask Keaton Persona • Tragic clown • Mask: unchanged expression ; stoneface Keaton Surreal Unsette-ling humor Cops (1922) characteristics • Cook. P.177: dramatic logic + gags that progress in a geometrical pattern • P.178: “the <trajectory> gag • Location shooting The General Homage to South...
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course POL 2107 taught by Professor Bourgault during the Spring '08 term at University of Ottawa.

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