The Cameraman

Apr 25, 2011

(Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgewick, 1928, USA, 67 min)

The first film he made after moving to MGM, The Cameraman is arguably Buster Keaton's last truly great work before the studio system stifled him. Here "The Great Stone Face" is cast as an aspiring, but lousy, newsreel cameraman in quest of the perfect shot, and, of course, the requisite pretty but oblivious Keaton ingénue. Buster keeps missing the great shot, but we never do - the Tong War, the Yankee Stadium solitary baseball routine, the Coney Island sequence - these are all vintage Keaton and vintage New York.

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