Woody Allen is a successful Director influenced by the work of Charlie Chaplin. There was no successor to Chaplin as director, writer and star of his own comic films until Woody Allen. And like Chaplin, in his early films, Take the Money and Run (1969) through Love and Death (1975), Allen invented a more or less consistent character for himself, known as either the ‘‘Schlemiel,’’ or the ‘‘Nebbish.’’ (Harmon)
Allen developed this “Nebbish” character early on in his career during the time when he performed stand-up comedy. On stage (and soon to be on set) Allen would consistently appear in his stand up wearing his thick glasses, tweed jacket, and especially his nervous ticks. (Figure 1.8) These characteristics that he brought to the stage all became part of this onscreen idea of a Nebbish. A Nebbish is defined as a person, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, shy, and dull. To be exact, i...
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...d gags will always have room in the world of Comedy regardless of where the trends take them. Slapstick enables the beleaguered audience to stay here on earth and have the best good time; with a perfect sense of completeness, the clown’s martyrdom becomes the good time the audience is having. The significance of the silent era in film history cannot be overstated. During the first decades of the twentieth century, a truly commercial popular art emerged bound closely to the image of a modern America. Movie making luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton lead the way of comic cinema with their unforgettable films. Regardless of the development of synchronized sound, the era drew to a close, but the modes of production, distribution, exhibition, and consumption inaugurated during the silent film era persisted, creating the film industry, as we know it today.
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