Jackass 3D and the History of Slapstick

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“As MoMA curator Josh Siegel told the New York Times, Jackass 3D is ‘merely the climax — or the lowest depths, if you prefer — of a tradition that dates back to 1895, when the Lumière brothers drenched a poor sap with a garden hose and filmed it.’ But it reaches further back than that, virtually to the beginnings of civilization.”