Steven Forry, Ph.D., introduces two films by Buster Keaton, arguably the greatest actor and director of the 1920s.
One Week, the 1920 two-reel silent comedy film, was the first film to be released made by Keaton on his own. The story involves two newlyweds who receive a build-it-yourself house that can be built, supposedly, in one week. Their construction project becomes both impossible and absurd when a rejected suitor re-numbers the packing crates.
In Sherlock Jr., Keaton plays a film projectionist who longs to be a detective and puts his skills to work when he is framed as a thief by a rival. The 1924 silent comedy film was Keaton’s most complicated for special optical effects and in-camera tricks.