“Uniform” in The Music Box: Identity, Class and Narrative


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“Uniform” in The Music Box:  Identity, Class and Narrative
Clothing and costume are very overlooked in the history of cinema.  Clothing can color so much of what we perceive to be true in a film: from characterization to time period, to the emotional resonance of a scene to an indicator of the narrative goings-on.  What a character wears is as much a function of the film as the setting, the acting or the camera movement.  Costume and clothing within cinema makes use of the concept of societal uniforms, and uniforms as a way to create identity.  In James Parrott’s The Music Box, the idea and usage of “uniform” colors the identity, class and narratives of the protagonists, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. 
The Music Box, directed by James...
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.....st definitely constructs an understanding of the characters, social roles and plot of a film.  This is none too evident in Laurel and Hardy’s short, The Music Box.   The film is successful based on the comedy that comes from the roles played by Laurel and Hardy as movers.  These roles are constructed through uniform and the assumption of the persona based upon their uniform.  Humor is based upon the multiple uniforms that Laurel and Hardy wear, and uniform definitely contributes to the success of the film.  
Bruzzi, Stella.  Undressing Cinema:  Clothing and Identity 
In the Movies. New York:  Taylor # Francis, 1997. 
The Music Box.  Dir. James Parrott.  Perf.  Stan Laurel, 
Oliver Hardy.  1932.  DVD. Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 2001.