DISLEXICON of Slapstick Humor, Funny Cinematography, and Very Special Effects


Lexicon with 138 wonderful words and 105 pretty pictures


The Dislexicon of Slapstick Humor, Funny Cinematography, and Very Special Effects is a richly illustrated glossary containing 138 witty words used in Mack Sennett's comedy studios between 1912 and 1933. It comprises clever concepts connected to slapstick comedy, gag strategies, funny pratfalls, dangerous stuntwork, and secrets of the filmmaking trade. Some expressions are taken from biographies by cast and crew members – even when it is clear that these phrases are fabricated or misremembered. For slapstick concepts that were handed down untitled, a plausible name is introduced.
In a mishmash of slapstick facts and fictions, the Dislexicon fully accepts tall tales, filmspeak, jokes, and gossip as historical sources. Hopping from "gag" to "laugh" to "trick," the dictionary presents a slapstick universe in which everything makes perfect sense - as only a fictional construction can.

Hardcover, 130 x 195 mm, 64 p., English text, edition of 500.
Concept and text: Hilde D'haeyere
Book design: Sophie Nys
Copy editor: Petra Van der Jeught
Publisher: MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent
Printed by New Goff
December 2011
ISBN 978-9-49-069331-2
D/2011/7852/105

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Financed by the Research Fund of University College Ghent.

 

BLACK MARIA  

CARTOON SHOT  

DOUBLE TROUBLE  

EXPLODED VIEW  

HEAD ON  

KING OF COMEDY  

MUSTACHE  

PICK ME UP  

SILENCE  

WALK-ON  

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