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From Venice to the Valley: California Slapstick and the Keaton Comedy Short

Charles Wolfe

in Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816665167
eISBN:
9781452946207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores two of Buster Keaton’s short comedies, both examples of what has been called California slapstick: The High Sign (1922) and The Balloonatic (1923). Both films, which were shot ... More


The Cuckoos

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

Comedy was the most established of all silent-film genres, and as it began to find new bearings in a time of sound, it frequently took on musical trappings. The Marx Bros. led the way, followed by a ... More


The Feeding Machine and Feeding the Machine: Silence, Sound and the Technologies of Cinema

Ryan Bishop

in Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748643073
eISBN:
9780748689071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748643073.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines cinema’s engagement with ubran-based industrialization, linking its audience and their modes of mechanized production to those that made cinema possible and does so by using ... More


Buster Keaton’s Climate Change

Jennifer Fay

in Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190696771
eISBN:
9780190696818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696771.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Environmental Politics

Much of Buster Keaton’s slapstick comedy revolves around his elaborate outdoor sets and the crafty weather design that destroys them. In contrast to D. W. Griffith, who insisted on filming in ... More


Letterboxed: The Evolution of Widescreen Cinema

Harper Cossar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813126517
eISBN:
9780813135618
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813126517.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When widescreen technology was introduced to filmmaking in 1953, it changed the visual framework and aesthetic qualities of cinema forever. Before widescreen, a director's vision for capturing ... More


Modern times: the Victorian cave man’s long afterlife

Andrew Horrall

in Inventing the Cave Man: From Darwin to the Flintstones

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781526113849
eISBN:
9781526128225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526113849.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter shows that the war consolidated the cave man’s status as a global cultural character. Cave men have since been frequently depicted on stage, in films, in advertisements, literature, and ... More


Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Harry Langdon (1884–1944) was a silent comedian in the early days of the American film industry. Although he is often compared with other silent comedians of the era, including Charlie Chaplin, ... More


California’s Yukon as Comic Space

Mark Sandberg

in Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748694174
eISBN:
9781474408561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Addressing location substitution in early silent comedies such as Mack Sennett’s Homemade Movies (1922) and Yukon Jake (1924) Buster Keaton’s The Frozen North (1922) and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold ... More


Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene

Jennifer Fay

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780190696771
eISBN:
9780190696818
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696771.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Environmental Politics

Inhospitable World explores the connection between cinema and artificial weather, climates, and even planets in or on which hospitality and survival are at stake. Cinema’s dominant mode of aesthetic ... More


Introduction

Gabriella Oldham and Mabel Langdon

in Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813169651
eISBN:
9780813169996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813169651.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This section sets the background for the telling of Langdon’s story, which is divided into three phases. It also tells the story of how this biography came to be and expresses the author’s hope that ... More


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