Lame Brains and Lunatics

Lame Brains and Lunatics

Steve Massa / Aug 04, 2020
Lame Brains and Lunatics Silent Film Comedy was a fortuitous combination of art and technology where the physical comedy skills and artistry passed down from the Commedia dell Arte English music hall and American vaudevill
  • Title: Lame Brains and Lunatics
  • Author: Steve Massa
  • ISBN: 9781593932688
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Silent Film Comedy was a fortuitous combination of art and technology, where the physical comedy skills and artistry passed down from the Commedia dell Arte, English music hall, and American vaudeville were captured for posterity by the newly created motion picture camera While the Chaplins, Keatons, and Laurel Hardys are still remembered and celebrated, this book pSilent Film Comedy was a fortuitous combination of art and technology, where the physical comedy skills and artistry passed down from the Commedia dell Arte, English music hall, and American vaudeville were captured for posterity by the newly created motion picture camera While the Chaplins, Keatons, and Laurel Hardys are still remembered and celebrated, this book profiles unsung practitioners such as Billie Ritchie, Marcel Perez, Lige Conley, and George Rowe, with special focus on the neglected comediennes Alice Howell, Gale Henry, Fay Tincher, and Josie Sadler Popular icons on the order of Mack Sennett, Marie Dressler, Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, and W.C Fields are re examined, plus detailed histories of silent comedy teams and kid s comedies are offered The book also includes selected filmographies and is lavishly illustrated with than 225 rarely seen photographs and advertising images Steve Massa is a leading enthusiast of silent comedy, who has devoted 45 years to researching the genre A librarian in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, he has organized comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Pordenone Silent Film Festival In addition to consulting with the Eye Film Institute, Netherlands and other archives, and writing for film journals such as Griffithiana, he is a founding member of Silent Cinema Presentations which produces NYC s Silent Clown Film Series Steve has also contributed articles and commentary tracks to many comedy DVD collections such as The Forgotten Films of Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, Becoming Charley Chase, and Kino Video s Buster Keaton The Short Films Collection.
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    1. When people become interested in silent film comedies, they naturally focus on the acknowledged best known names of Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Langdon and Laurel Hardy While these artists consistently made excellent comedies, there are dozens of other lesser known comedians and comediennes from the silent era that end up being overlooked Sometimes many of their films do not survive, so it is impossible to judge their comic skills One and two reel comedies were not as glamorous as features from the [...]


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