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The Sunday Intertitle: Bang! (Bum!)

Posted in FILM, Television with tags , , , on May 31, 2015 by dcairns

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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 ~

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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 ~

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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.