Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Oct 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A film projectionist who dreams of being a detective offers to solve a crime in order to impress the girl he loves
My Take on it – Once again, I chose a film by an acclaimed slapstick comedian of the silent era in order to expand my horizons as to the gift of comedy through silence.
This time, I watched one of Buster Keaton’s most famous comedies about a dreamer who will do anything to win the heart of his love.
Some of the slapstick scenes in this movie hit their mark while other slightly miss it. I loved the bicycle scene and this uncanny ability to turn a car into a boat.
The movie magic used in this early age to show a character entering a movie was done beautifully especially when taking into consideration how primitive movie “tricks” were at the time.
I now want to see more of Keaton’s work in order to understand even more how comedy in the silent era worked so well.
Bottom Line – Great slapstick scenes that are very funny. Keaton is at his best when he used movie magic to make us believe the dreams of his characters. Another of the great comedians of the silent age that I now want to see more of. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Buster Keaton practiced for four months, working with a pool expert, to learn all the trick shots that Sherlock Jr. performs during the pool game. Nevertheless, it took him five days to film all the trick shots, and get them right. When he was finished, all the best trick shots he had filmed were cut together to make it look like Sherlock Jr. was playing one continuous game of pool (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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