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Steamboat Bill Jr  [DVD]
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Perhaps the best known of all Buster Keaton s films, this was his last film for independent producer Joseph Schenck and also one of the last over which he was to have almost total control (although he was credited with just his acting, he is known to have co-directed, co-produced and co-written as well as performing his own stunts). Buster returns home after years of separation from his father. Whilst Steamboat Bill Senior is a burly, hard working steamboat captain, his son is almost the complete opposite: educated and effeminate, accident prone and simple minded. Ultimately, however, Steamboat Bill Junior triumphs and assists his father in overcoming a local rival for the lucrative Mississippi steamboat business, winning the affections of the rival s daughter for good measure. Buster s reputation was largely made on his death defying stunts, and this film is no exception. A three story building façade crashes down on him and Buster only survives because the third floor window opening clears his head!
Steamboat Bill Jr dates from 1928 and is the last great film Buster Keaton made before he gave up his independence and signed for MGM. Buster is the rather fey son of an elderly steamboat owner who is being driven out of business by a wealthy competitor. More by accident than intention Buster turns things around and gets the girl as well. The last 15 minutes are truly astonishing: a storm sequence in which a whole town is blown apart, with Buster experiencing a series of amazing escapes as buildings fall down around his ears.
On the DVD: The print is a good one, best seen in the 4:3 ration, with unobtrusive organ music added. As a nautical extra there's The Boat, a 1921 short (the print not in such a good state as the feature), in which in the course of launching his newly built craft Buster manages to wreck his house, tip his car into the river and sink the boat. And that's only the beginning. --Ed Buscombe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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30 September 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Not much you can say, it's Steamboat Bill Jr. .. it's almost as funny as _The General_, hence, pretty much the second funniest film ever made! Enjoy. BluRay is perfect, a great rendition.
One of the best examples of Keaton's genius and unicity, including the incredible falling house scene30 August 2015
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Buster Keaton must be appreciated with patience and the right attitude, because he requires viewers to take time and follow his stories, the rhythm of his scens and acting performances, the effects of his face expressions and body language that are apparently minimal until they suddenly produce something unexpected and crazy or slowly develop into a joke and action that can be understood only when it is fully accomplished. It is a super modern and refined cinema and comical strategy that tells a lot about modern age and a philosophical view of life and history, the alineation of man and his struggle against destiny, prejudice, society, community. But it is also a talent that explodes into incredible and liberating scenes where he makes impossible things possible, like in the most famous of this film, that is constantly regarded as one of the best in cinema history: the falling house scene, something made with no special fx and just a perfect coordination between his body, on stage effects and camera/editing settings. An amazing work of art
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