Sep 13, 2005

Sherlock Jr. (1924)


One of my personal faves, Buster Keaton is a hapless projectionist who dreams he becomes part of the movie that is showing onscreen. While speaking volumes of how movies redeem our lives, it is also fascinating seeing reality and imagination blur. Many consider THE GENERAL to be Keaton's finest achievement (yet, I do agree it is his ultimate statement of his favourite theme of man vs. machine). Truthfully, I think this 45-minute wonder is his masterpiece. It is a dazzling delight. Chaplin may have been the populist comedian of the silent era, but Keaton was far, far more adventurous.

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