Archive for June 9, 2018

The Bacchae

Posted in FILM, Mythology with tags , , , on June 9, 2018 by dcairns

This is a real good Cretinetti silent comedy, titled TOO BEAUTIFUL, in which the clown dresses up and becomes so attractive he starts a riot. The ending is weirdly mythic.

The “chase that gradually sweeps up a whole populace” was an incredibly popular comedy structure in the early silents — R.W. Paul made countless “Get him!” films in England. This one is particularly funny, though, thanks to lots of amusing details along the way, shoves and pratfalls and gestures, which add variety to the continual escalation.

 

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