Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Great Scenes # 9: Sherlock Jr. (1924)


Directed by Buster Keaton

Much like music lovers have long debated on The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, movie lovers also have debated on Charlie Chaplin vs. Buster Keaton (SMART-ASS FILM SNOB: "Neither! Harold Lloyd!"). I've always thought that I feel Buster Keaton is a better filmmaker but I found Charlie Chaplin, overall funnier. But since watching and rewatching their respective films, I think I'm leaning towards the Keaton camp. Sherlock Jr. is probably one of my favorite silent films of all time and though it's only about 45 minutes long, it's filled with amazing stunts, laughs and great filmmaking. One example of which is featured here. In it, Keaton plays a movie projectionist who falls asleep while on the job and dreams of going in and out of the movie screen. It's funny and an impressive feat of photographic effects and editing.

8 comments:

GT said...

I love this video!

Mark said...

I'll confess I've not seen that movie, or indeed, any silent movie, but that was a really good scene. It seems like a lot of work went into it, and it really paid off.

Rawr said...

nice video!

My 2 Pesos said...

I like them both!

YeamieWaffles said...

Had never seen the film before just like Mark but I have to say that's an excellent scene.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Bart said...

this video made no sense with heavy metal in the background

Damon said...

i like it :P
nice post