Buster goes away to the city to prove to his girl's father he can succeed. He writes her of his various jobs which she glorifies in her imagination. She sees a surgeon, he is a vet's assistant; she sees him cleaning up on Wall Street, he's really a janitor.Written by
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Although existing prints are incomplete with such scenes as Buster Keaton working in a hospital etc remaining lost, however, a scene in which Renée Adorée imagines Keaton to be a policeman have been rediscovered and restored and is presented as an extra on the Keaton Plus DVD available from Kino. See more »
I think we owe a lot to Keaton. He introduced lots of reflective conventions that seem normal today. He almost singlehandedly gave us the tools for seeing a character imagine something and them enter that imagined reality using the same film conventions the character exists in.
The greatest example is "Sherlock Jr" that would come later. Two years earlier we have a similar, less severe setup. We see the imagined jobs he has, but each imagined world gets away from him just as in Sherlock. Its a terrific notion and the most sophisticated of the early folding techniques.
Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
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