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Slapstick-City: the city as funfair, the funfair as city

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The new thrills and dangers of the modern city were not only important topics in
avant-­‐garde film culture but also in early-­‐twentieth century American popular
culture and its sensationalist stance. This was also the case in so-­‐called slapstick -­‐ the American silent film comedies by Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin,
Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and many others. With its fascination for mechanical
speed, physical action, and consecutive thrills, slapstick embraced the metropolitan environment turning its icons, such as the car and the skyscraper, into crazy machines.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 7-Apr-2009

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