CIN2190- Monday, September-19-11
p. 92- chart
-train movies- reoccurring
-in the 20
century, seems like an American invention.
-ex: Charlie Chaplin, Mr. Keaton.
-Started in France
-We will see how this tradition is still present in today’s films
-Slapstick comedy is one of the first films to show 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 –as
oppose to stage acting, acting in Slapstick was very obvious that the movement was for fun-
making and film-making. The notion of the actors body, movement, gestures, mimics, are central
to our understanding of slapstick comedy.
-Gesture: mime and body movement. –specific style, basics of gestures in slapstick comedy.
Comedy Kings -1
-Mack Sennet: 1912 Keystone comedies –founder produced films known as the Keystone
-Cook. P. 71: was actor with Griffith
-Slapstick: “influenced by circus, vaudeville, burlesque, pantomime, the comic strip and the
chase films of the French Actor Max Linder”
-one of his famous protégé was Charlie Chaplin
-one of the major features in circus is the dangerous movements, one of the major numbers in
entertainment is the clowns- they use slapstick comedy.
-Love, sex, and comedy go together in burlesque, plus singing and dancing.
-The comic strip- the use of comics and how popular they were at that time.
Troubles of a Grasswidower
-set was like a theatre type, how the actors faced the camera
-short clips of different scenarios, repetitive actions, humours.
Comedy Kings- 2
-Charlie Chaplin: Sennett’s protégé
Mabel’s Strange Predicament:
the tramp was born
–Charlie’s character, the way that he
dresses, his suit, his boots, etc. He created a character “the tramp” and the tramp evolved, a film
was created in 1915 “The Tramp”
-1915: moved to Essanay: two-reelers