søndag 14. april 2013

"Acrobatic Investigation"


Year: 1924
Country: United States
Languages: Silent
Number: 23
Director: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane

Sixty years before Jeff Daniels literary walked out of the silver screen and into the real world in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, a movie projectionist played by Buster Keaton dreamed himself into the theater screen, while falling asleep at working in Sherlock Jr. He also studying to be a private detective. But when he's trying to impress his girlfriend by trying to find out who stole her father's watch, the watch is planted in Keaton's pockets by one of her father's friends, the local oil baron who has a crush on Keaton's girlfriend.

As always, watching a Buster Keaton film is such a pleasure, to see all his slapstick that to some degree is better than Chaplin in sense of quantity which causes more laughter, at least for me. And Keaton's admiration for the cinema, which is beautifully displayed in the dream sequence where all kinds of breathtaking stunts and charades are performed. And all the chasing scenes are better then today's action flicks. Sherlock Jr. is certainly one of Keaton's greatest films. Thumbs up.

Grade: A

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1 kommentar:

TSorensen sa...

I can only agree with that. The actor jumping in and out of the movie in the theater is a concept far far ahead of its time.