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Interview PODCAST: UCSB Professor CHARLES WOLFE on THE FREAK POWER TICKET Previews UCSB A&L’s “CHAPLIN, KEATON, LLOYD” Summer Film Series

Last Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” (July 7) celebrated UCSB Arts & Lectures Summer Cinema 2014 series with a live phone interview with Professor Charles Wolfe (UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies). UCSB A&L’s Associate Director Roman Baratiak also joined producer/host Ted Coe in-studio during their conversation.

Buster Keaton in SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton, 1924) - Photo credits: From the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library

Buster Keaton in SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton, 1924) – Photo credits: From the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The special tribute profiled Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd: Comedy Classics of the Silent Era, free movie events on consecutive Wednesdays and Fridays through August, including popular outdoor screenings on Friday nights at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Garden. The series debuted last Friday with the crowd-pleasing collegiate comedy, The Freshman, slapstick-star Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit.

In the attached podcast/excerpt, Professor Chuck Wolfe, an expert on international film history and theory, and American cinema and cultural history, discusses viewers’ continued fascination with films of the silent era. He specifically addresses the peculiar qualities of comedies made during California’s “boom” years of the roaring 1920s (branded as “California Slapstick”), while also contextualizing the relationship between the series’ three comedians.

UCSB A&L’s free programming continues this week with Charlie Chaplin’s Klondike masterpiece, The Gold Rush (also released in 1925, like The Freshman), and runs through August 22.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Wednesdays in the summer from 11am-1pm.