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DVD 2 from  Warner Brothers’ 90th Anniversary box is The Cameraman, a joyful romantic silent movie with an excellent Buster Keaton as a clumsy photographer who’s trying to impress a charming girl that works at a news office. It’s a series of individual sketches and the whole love story is just a hook, but it works fabulously. There is not one boring moment. There are several excellent scenes. The acting is superb. Buster Keaton doesn’t smile once during the whole movie, but keeps you mesmerized for the entire 75 minutes.There isn’t any current comedian who could pull that off. His slapstick routine is subtle and his clumsiness feels very natural (unlike that of Rowan Atkinson’s similar but unfunny Mr Bean for instance). Marceline Day shines as the love interest and her character is quite modern. I mean, she works, she takes the initiative to go on a date, she risks her job give him a chance …

Just too bad that the piano & organ score is too present. They also function as sound effects, which bring smiles in the beginning, but annoy after a while. However, overall totally enjoyable.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018742

In fact, the whole movie is on youtube:

Bought myself a dvd box for the 90th Anniversary of Warner Brothers. The first of the collection is the movie that changed cinema forever: the first talkie. 

It’s the kind of movie classic that everyone knows about, but hardly anyone has seen. And with reason. It’s a bore. It must have been a huge hit back in 1927 just because of its innovation: there’s a dialogue halfway through the movie! And the guy you look at sings! However, the rest of the movie is still silent.

It’s about a  jewish kid who’s destined to be a cantor in the local synagogue just like his father and 4 generations before him. But he prefers to sing jazz tunes in a bar nearby. He’s expelled from his parental house and ten years later he is the star of a broadway show and is confronted with his parents again.

Sounds like it could be a great movie, but it’s not. The songs aren’t really captivating, the acting doesn’t feel real, the story boards are a real pain and the story is annoying.

But at least I’ve seen it now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018037