The Cameraman

The Cameraman is a movie about doing stupid things for love. About the smell of a woman’s hair, and measuring the distance from her house to yours. That stubborn way the world tries to keep you apart, and the little tricks that you use to keep the two of you together.

It’s also one of the funniest movies ever made. Buster Keaton was another one of those 1920s actors who could perform physically in a way that was mostly lost after the transition to talkies. His stunts tend to be considerably more acrobatic (and dangerous) than other comedians of the time. Never turn down a chance to see Buster Keaton in a movie theater. There is literally nothing else like it.

(This film played on the closing night of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival)

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