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Slapstick Encyclopedia (1924)

Cast: Harry Langdon, Natalie Kingston
Director: Harry Edwards
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Slapstick, Silent, Silent Comedies, Silent Comedy
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Synopsis
This DVD box set contains an in-depth study of short comedies of the silent era, and presents the material in respectful form.

Please note that this is disc 1 of a 5 disc set. This disc contains Volumes 1 and 2 of the series.

Volume 1 - In the Beginning: Film Comedy Pioneers:
1. Opening
2. One Too Many (1916)
3. The Wrong Mr. Fox (1917)
4. Mr. Flip (1909)
5. Alkali Ike's Auto (1911)
6. Fox Trot Finesse (1915)
7. A Cure for Pokeritis (1912)
8. Be My Wife (1921)
9. A Natural Born Gambler (1916)
Volume 2 - Keystone Tonight!: Mack Sennett Comedies:
1. Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913)
2. Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913)
3. The Rounders (1914)
4. A Muddy Romance (1913)
5. A Movie Star (1916)
6. Teddy at the Throttle (1917)


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Slapstick Encyclopedia (Disc 1 of 5) (1924)
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5.38 (8 votes)
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Slapstick Encyclopedia (Disc 2 of 5) (1924)
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Slapstick Encyclopedia (Disc 3 of 5) (1924)
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More Anthropological than Humorous by Calafragious June 1, 2004 - 1:01 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The short films included on this disk and its four companion volumes are early silent movie shorts, well presented with contemporary music, and some explanatory text introductions. The images are scratched and sometimes blurry due to the condition of the ancient original films from which these copies were made, but these problems are mostly minor. Styles and tastes have changed in eighty years, and these films will probably be intriguing rather than funny, but to anyone interested in the early history of film, or in the attitudes of early 20th century America, they are invaluable. This disk includes a rare black comedy from 1916, a time which was almost the low point of race relations in our nation's history. In this film, real African-Americans perform in blackface -- a curiosity now but common at the time -- and use their talents to give a measure of subtlety and dignity to the stereotyped roles scripted for them by the white movie producers. The skit in which Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin both act drunk is a fine example of their brilliant improvisation on the set. Some of the other shorts are not quite as interesting, but all are good examples of their genre.

half and half by rarcher September 15, 2003 - 10:58 AM PDT
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the first half or even 2/3 of this will bust you up
you want to see this
but then they waste the last 1/3 or so on cheap chaplin impersonators
the last movie is in fact a poor rip off of the first chaplin on this dvd
so just turn it off when the impersonators start
you won't feel cheated

serious comedy by rarcher August 27, 2003 - 7:06 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
this one is MUCH better than the first 2
we get arbuckle, keaton, lloyd and will rogers
this one is worth seeing just for rogers' Big Moments From Little Pictures (pretty much a precursor to half of mel brooks' movies)
but then i don't think you can go wrong with harold lloyd, either (which i believe are currently only available on dvd in compilations like this)
laugh out loud funny stuff
and some impressive stunts

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