By Tom Paulus,Rob King
From Chaplin’s tramp to the showering Beauties, from madcap chases to skyscraper perils, slapstick comedy provided a number of the so much enduring icons of yank cinema within the silent period. This choice of fourteen essays through favourite movie students demanding situations longstanding severe dogma and gives new conceptual frameworks for puzzling over silent comedy’s position in movie historical past and American tradition. The members talk about a huge variety of issues together with the contested theatrical or cinematic origins of slapstick; the comedian spectacle of loopy know-how and trick stunts; the filmmakers who formed the fashion of early slapstick; and comedy’s implications for theories of movie shape and spectatorship.
This quantity is vital interpreting for someone trying to comprehend the origins and persisted value of a movie style on the middle of yankee cinema from its earliest days to today.