The Cameraman: Good Old Artistry

What used to get my goat at MGM were comedians like The Marx Brothers or Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, who never worried about the script or the next scene. My God, we ate, slept and dreamed our pictures.

I’m sucker for Buster Keaton. That’s why I don’t get into Chaplin vs. Keaton arguments like some The Dreamers hipster character. It’s just comedy you don’t get anymore nowadays. Which is as sad as it is intriguing.

I would say The General might be my Buster Keaton favorite. It’s simply so ingenious and extravagant I could watch it for days. Orson Wells called it “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made” and he was right.
The Cameraman is Keaton’s  last originally written silent film. It very much marks the end of an era, for the Keaton lovers and for cinema itself. Then came the talkies and for good old Buster the stuntmen.

This movie is about a dude that wants to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to his crush. It’s that simple. No complicated hangovers, no confusing end of the world plots. And it’s brilliant. And you should watch it. As a matter of fact, I’m about to list half a dozen more Buster Keaton movies I love and you will too (probably). Another awesome thing is that you can find pretty decent versions of all his stuff on Youtube.

Sherlock Jr. (1924)

The Navigator (1924)

College (1927)

Seven Chances (1925)

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Go West (1925)

This post is my first take on The Dreamers Challenge.

The rules are simple.
Pick three movies out of the list of references in the 2003 film The Dreamers (you can check the list here).
Make three separate posts about them, one for each.
You can write, photograph, share whatever you want about them.
They don’t have to be consecutive posts, but they cannot be more than one month apart.
Ping back your challenger.
Challenge a grand total of three more bloggers, one per post.
Tag it #TheDreamersChallenge.
Keep it nice and friendly, don’t be an asshole.

I’ll be talking about Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Persona (1966) next.
And I nominate TEG Reviews.
Good luck!


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