The Sunday Intertitle: Bang! (Bum!)


Intertitle from SLECHETNY COWBOY SANDY, a Czech TV movie from 1964 which bears astonishing similarities to Oldrich Lipsky’s visually stunning western comedy LEMONADE JOE. Both Czech westerns reduce the genre to a level below the archetypal — the characters are hinged icons, ritually repeating bits of western business with only little blurts of free will to break them out of their obsessive-compulsive rootin’-tootin’ and get them on to the next scenario.

SLECHETNY, co-written and directed by someone called Eman Kanera, adds more inventive visual gags, and also inserts mock TV commercials inspired by events in the plot. Here’s one gag ~


Gunpowder is slowly seeping from a barrel (top right) — as it passes in front of the snoring man (bottom right), his exhalations rhythmically cause the lantern (left) to flare up violently as grains of TNT are wafted into it. Punchline: the sleeper sneezes and there’s a huge explosion.

Followed by a helpful commercial for fire prevention facilities ~


The film is wordless but gets along with charming Victorian intertitles, the simpler of which are handily bilingual.

Several cuts above Benny Hill, and I like to see reiterations of silent movie style, when it’s done well.

5 Responses to “The Sunday Intertitle: Bang! (Bum!)”

  1. henryholland666 Says:

    What did you think of Academy Award ™ winner “The Artist”? I liked it, didn’t love it.

  2. Yeah, it has lots of cleverness in small ways and seemed to me incredibly lacking in big ones. Richard Lester liked it — I felt almost disappointed to hear that.

    There’s a review of it on here somewhere…

  3. henryholland666 Says:

    Good review, my thoughts too.

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