Thursday, September 8, 2011

Things I Learned While Learning Other Things: The Dance Of The Dinner Rolls

The first clip is from Roscoe Arbuckle's 1917 short The Rough House:

The second is from Charles Chaplin's 1925 classic The Gold Rush:

Think about that for a while.


Beveridge D. Spenser said...

Good artists borrow, great artists steal. When a great artist steals a routine, the original never gets it back.

Mythical Monkey said...

Bev, I think that's exactly right. Arbuckle did his bit as a throwaway gag, Chaplin turned it into the centerpiece of a poignant, pivotal scene. You've got to give the artist credit for knowing what to do with the moment.

I was taking notes for my Buster Keaton essay yesterday (that's back on track) and wanted to share ...