Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Buster Keaton's Version Of A Tong War: 1928

from the youtube description
This movie is commonly known as the film that marked the beginning of the end for Buster Keaton (he had signed a contract with MGM that pretty much ended his artistic freedom), but looking at the final product, it is hard to see any signs of trouble. This is not one of his masterpieces, but this is probably his most likable vehicle. It is filled with many comic highlights like the sequences at the swimming pool, where Keaton loses his swimsuit. The sequence where Keaton attempts to film a street fight is indeed funny. The ending is unexpected, and brilliantly put together.

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