“Micmacs,” the new film from “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, may be set in modern day Paris, but stylistically it’s a throwback to older movies — particularly silent comedies and slapstick, with its elaborate, near wordless set pieces.
“Micmacs” provided the inspiration for this week’s podcast, in which we talk about physical comedy, apparently both the highest and lowest form of comedy. We’ve picked out ten famous physical comedians, from Chaplin to Carrey, in order to highlight one of our favorites scenes from each.
This week’s keyword game giveaway is a DVD of New Zealand horror-comedy “Black Sheep.”
Our Favorite Physical Comedy Gags
Charles Chaplin roller skating blindfolded in “Modern Times” (1936):
Buster Keaton leaps onto the movie screen in “Sherlock Jr.” (1924):
Harold Lloyd ‘s football heroics in “The Freshman” (1925:
Jerry Lewis on a runaway gurney in “The Disorderly Orderly” (1964):
Jacques Tati creates his own version of Paris in “Playtime” (1967):
Peter Sellers loses his shoe in “The Party” (1968):
Woody Allen gets high off future drugs in “Sleeper” (1973) (we couldn’t find the scene we discuss, sorry — here’s a substitute):
Jackie Chan gets drunk, kicks ass in “Drunken Master II” (1994):
Jim Carrey kills a guy with hot peppers in “Dumb and Dumber” (1994)
Stephen Chow has bad aim with his knives in “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004):