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Steamboat Bill Jr.

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Some violence in silent comedy masterpiece.

Movie NR 1928 70 minutes
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Buster Keaton's camera never errs; it's always in the right place at the right time to get the funniest laughs, the most glorious rhythms, and the most beautiful moments of human connection. This was Keaton's final feature as an independent filmmaker (before he signed his ill-fated contract with MGM), and he used the opportunity to top himself with the cyclone sequence. The cyclone provides many amazing, memorable moments, but the most famous is the one in which the front of a building falls on Keaton, and his body passes safely through an open window. (Legend has it that if the comedian had missed his mark by an inch, he would have been crushed.)

But this movie has far more to it than a famous stunt. Ernest Torrence gave one of the great supporting performances in Keaton's films as the gruff, grizzled father. Their straining relationship adds many emotional layers to the story.

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