ABSTRACT Doing Nothing: Harry Langdon and The Performance of Absence. Where most comedians of the silent era did things, Harry Langdon's trick was to do nothing. His is a comedy of absence, surreal in its exploration of repressed desire that is perversely shown in his relationship with vamps. With long, slow takes he enacts a dark, subtle humor with contemporary resonance.
DOING NOTHING: Harry Langdon and the Performance of Absence
JOANNA E. RAPF is a professor of English and Film & Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches courses on film comedy. She has published books on Buster Keaton and On the Waterfront, and has one forthcoming, in December 2005, on Sidney Lumet.
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Joanna E. Rapf; DOING NOTHING: Harry Langdon and the Performance of Absence. Film Quarterly 1 September 2005; 59 (1): 27–35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2005.59.1.27
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