Sunday, February 8, 2015

Steamboat Bill Jr.

The Buster Keaton Blogathon is an event saluting the silent film superstar, hosted by Silent-ology. For a list of participating bloggers, visit the link to the site.

Steamboat Bill Jr.
seen online via YouTube

In the spirit of this blogathon devoted to silent film, I'm going to attempt to make this a "silent" post, i.e., images only, intercutting stills from the film with pictures that will more or less represent my thoughts on it. To sum it up, I didn't think the film was that great until the final act. Hope this works...

















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Other Buster Keaton movies:
The General
Sherlock Jr./The Play House

12 comments:

  1. Very clever. I am more of a "Steamboat Bill Jr." fan than yourself. It is a very comfortable movie for me. Crazy about Ernest Torrence!

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  2. I just didn't think it was very funny... but I suspect Keaton's brand of humor was not the same as, say, Chaplin's.

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  3. I quite disagree with your opinion of the film's comedy value, but I love the way you deconstructed it. Refreshing and original!

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  4. I didn't expect this to be a popular opinion, but I'm glad you liked the apprpach.

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  5. A popular opinion? Most assuredly, it is not. A fun and memorable post? YES. :-D

    Thanks for joining the blogathon, Rich!

    --Lea S.

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  6. Sorry. I like some of his other films, though!

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  7. Ha! I like the film more than you ... I probably wouldn't rate it with his best work, but I have a real soft spot for Steamboat Bill, Jr, as I think it was the first Keaton I ever saw.

    Great use of the Liz Lemon eyeroll image, btw.

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  8. The final 15-20 minutes or so are worth everything that comes before... not that everything that comes before is painful.

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  9. A silent post. Brilliant. I think I liked the movie better than you did, but I like steamboats. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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  10. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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