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The Evolution of Comedy in Film

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Tyler Schmit

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The Evolution of
Comedy in Film Plays The Precursor To Film Three major genres Histories Tragedies Comedies Qualities of Shakespearean Comedies Treat subjects lightly
Use puns, metaphors, and insults to make the audience laugh
Finish with a happy ending Silent Films 1900 - 1940 Slapstick was the most popular comedic genre of this era
In 1895 one of the first publicly screened comedy films was shown, and was called Watering the Gardener
In 1912 American comedy emerged with the creation of the Keystone Company by creator Mack Sennett
From there more comic characters became stars The Lion's Cage Charlie Chaplin The Kid (1921) City Lights (1931) Modern Times (1936) Buster Keaton The Butcher Boy (1917) The General (1927) Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) Harold Lloyd Just Nuts (1915) Safety Last (1923) The Freshman (1925) The Transition To Sound 30's & 40's Films became a mixture of physical comedy and clever dialogue
Comedian started to arise in teams rather than single stars
Still a large amount of short films being produced Laurel and Hardy The Marx Brothers W. C. Fields Who's On First? Lucky Dog (1917) Sons of the Desert (1933) The Music Box (1932) Duck Soup (1933) The Cocoanuts (1929) A Night at the Opera (1935) It's A Gift (1934) The Bank Dick (1940) Pool Sharks (1915) New Hybrid Genres 50's & 60's The rise of television had a damaging effect on film comedy
The quantity of these films being made had a sharp decline Romantic/Sexual Comedy Pillow Talk (1959) The Graduate (1967) Born Yesterday (1950) A new take on Slapstick The Pink Panther (1964) Black Comedy M*A*S*H (1970) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Rise of the Spoof 70's & 80's Diverse Forms of Comedy 1990 & 2000 TV to Film Cross-Over Stars Romantic Comedies Sketch Based Dirks, Tim. Filmsite. AMC. n.d. Web. April 27, 2013
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Springfield Public Schools, District 186. n.d. Web. April 27, 2013.
IMDb. Amazon.com. n.d. Web. April 27, 2013 Work Cited
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