Monday, December 17, 2007

The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, 1928)

****
USA

Buster Keaton's first MGM assignment isn't as consistently ingenious as his masterworks, but it's jolly fun with a clever point about the kind of artistry that impresses studio-heads. The highlights include - and are not restricted to - a bunch of poetic and all-too-brief double exposures in the Dziga Vertov key, a chaotic Chinatown gang brawl and, above all, the most charismatic organ-grinder's monkey to ever make it to the movies.

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