Sherlock Jr 1924 All Ages
11.00AM Sun 22 Jul 2018 (50mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Sherlock Jr. will be presented with live musical accompaniment from David Bailey on the Gallery's 1929 Wurlitzer organ.
'Throughout his movie career, Buster Keaton celebrated and drew on his long years touring the country as a vaudeville performer, while at the same time experimenting with the technical possibilities of film like a child with a new toy. Nowhere is this combination of elements more pronounced than in Sherlock, Jr., a simple tale of a theater projectionist's efforts to prove himself innocent of the theft of a watch, and thereby win the hand of his sweetheart. In the middle of this plot, Keaton and his writers present a dream sequence in which the projectionist finds himself transported into the film he has been projecting on-screen. He becomes the world-famous detective Sherlock, Jr., a man who can solve any case and who is capable of amazing feats of physical daring. As in all his films, Keaton is careful to demonstrate that he, and not some stand-in, is doing all of the stunts. That, as well as his habit of staging his stunts frontally (to assure the audience that no camera trickery is involved), makes those moments when he does play with the camera all the more wondrous.' MoMA
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT, 44 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BUSTER KEATON, / PRODUCER: JOSEPH M. SCHENCK, BUSTER KEATON / SCRIPT: CLYDE BRUCKMAN, JEAN HAVEZ, JOSEPH A. MITCHELL / CINEMATOGRAPHY: BYRON HOUCK, ELGIN LESSLEY / CAST: BUSTER KEATON / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP