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  • Jacques Tati- Where to Find Visual Comedy

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    If you watch a lot of film essays, then you've probably heard the complaint that visual comedy is something of a lost art nowadays, with most mainstream comedies opting instead for jokes done strictly through dialogue and improv. So, let's look back at one of cinema's greatest visual comedians and see where he found his visual comedy.

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    Jacques Tati imitates English and French police officers-
    Cine Regards interview w/Tati (1978)- see the Criterion edition of 'Monsieur Hulot's Holiday'
    Marcel Marceau- "The Mask Maker" (1959)-

    Further Reading-
    Things Fall Together by David Cairns -
    Composing in Sound and Image by Jonathan Rosenbaum -

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    • PlayTime- Controlled Chaos - Duration: 7 minutes, 40 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      I think Jacques Tati's PlayTime is one of the unrivaled great films of all time, but rather than talk about its socio-economic commentary or its myriad of slapstick gags, let's take a minute to div...
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    • Push Process - Duration: 7 minutes, 33 seconds.

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      I've been asked a lot what the process of making these essays is like, but rather than just droll on about recording voiceover, late night editing sessions, and falling into despair upon seeing the...
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    • 12 Angry Men- A Lesson in Staging - Duration: 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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    • The Joy of the Summer Blockbuster - Duration: 5 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
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      • 4 months ago
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    • Storytelling With Sound - Duration: 9 minutes, 48 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
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    • Some Kind of Connection- the Up Series - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      Roger Ebert once called Michael Apted's decades-spanning Up documentaries an inspired and even noble use of the film medium, and I agree with him wholeheartedly. Let's take a bit to explore what ex...
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    • In Praise of 16mm - Duration: 7 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      Film nerds like me love to wax lyrical about 35mm and 65mm, but I often think that 16mm gets unfairly overlooked. Let's spend a few minutes chatting about the format in all its grainy and gritty wo...
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    • The World of Ralph Bakshi - Duration: 7 minutes, 43 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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    • The Unsung Heroes of Cinema - Duration: 7 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
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    • The Story of the Re-Evaluated - Duration: 5 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      There is an ongoing story in the history of cinema on films that are derided and rejected upon release but then completely re-assessed years later. Titles like Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Vertigo, ...
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