Collection of fourteen essays, edited by Tom Paulus and Rob King, examining the place of silent comedy in film history and American culture. Contents: Part One - Originality and Adaptation: The good thieves: on the origins of situation comedy in the British music hall by Bryony Dixon; D. W. Griffith shapes slapstick by Barry Salt; Genre parody and comedic burlesque: Keystone's meta-cinematic satires by Simon Joyce; Both sides of the camera: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's evolution at Keystone by Joanna E. Rapf; Mud pies and tears: little Mary's funny side by Anke Brouwers. Part Two - Mechanics and Modernity: Mack Sennett vs. Henry Ford by Eileen Bowser; "Uproarious inventions": the Keystone Film Company, modernity, and the art of the motor by Rob King; Mechanisms of laughter: the devices of slapstick by Tom Gunning; Slapstick skyscrapers: an architecture of attractions by Steven Jacobs; California slapstick revisited by Charles Wolfe. Part Three - Bodies and Performance: Dancing on fire and water: Charlot and 'L'esprit nouveau' by Amy Sargeant; Splashes of fun and beauty: Mack Sennett's bathing beauties by Hilde D'Haeyere; Back to the "slap": slapstick's hyperbolic gesture and the rhetoric of violence by Muriel Andrin; The art of imitation: the originality of Charlie Chaplin and other moving-image myths by Jennifer M. Bean.

Item number 13829
Category Book
Type Criticism/History
Language English
Country of origin USA
Related people Tom Paulus (Editor)
Rob King (Editor)