Monday, November 23, 2015

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag




from Tony Zhou Plus 3 days ago All Audiences
 
Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him. Today, i’d like to talk about the artistry (and the thinking) behind his gags. Press the CC button to see the names of the films.

Watch it HERE


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Music:
Alexandre Desplat - Escape Concerto
Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Mark Mothersbaugh - Piranhas Are a Very Tricky Species
Mark Mothersbaugh - Bookstore Robbery
Alexandre Desplat - The Lutz Police Militia
English Chamber Orchestra - Playful Pizzicato
Alexandre Desplat - Kristofferson’s Theme
Devo - Gut Feeling
Recommended Reading & Viewing:
The Gag Man by Matthew Dessem - thecriticalpress.com/books/the-gag-man/
Keaton by Rudi Blesh - amazon.com/dp/0025115707/
Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) - youtube.com/watch?v=WjCDuNzv6yM
Studs Terkel Interviews Buster Keaton - studsterkel.wfmt.com/blog/interview-with-buster-keaton/


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Where Did the Word “Gag” For a Joke Come From and What Does It Mean?


from: superbeefy  2010.06.10 by Karen Hill
 
The original meaning of the word gag was to prevent someone from speaking, either by covering the mouth or through a legal restraint such as a gag order.

The jocular use of gag originated in the theater to describe times when an actor inserted an unscripted, and often humorous, line into a play.

It was called a gag because the ad lib often caused fellow actors to lose their focus and become speechless.
 

For more on the word “gag” and its various uses, go HERE