T500FC, 410th: The Blacksmith (Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair, 1922)


The Blacksmith is a Buster Keaton film that indulges on a very short story going downright crazy. A little bit enjoying but mostly tiring, we now find ourselves in front of a logically challenged Keaton trying out his hands, and hopefully have the skill, to be a blacksmith. I’d like to repeat, this short film doesn’t go anywhere, and it is just odd as it is.

This film runs back and forth in a small place for a blacksmith where Keaton is working, or what it seems that he is doing. The scenes include saddle-fixing, a little bit of blacksmithing, and car mechanic. I think I have said this in the last few entries, that if being crazy and Buster Keaton are combined, then we have a short film that just leads to the funnies.

It was still amusing to see this film. This one is a definite slapstick but not as smooth as his previous works. Probably it was just a collaboration of certain ideas, which in turn, they might have created it as a short just to pursue with it.

And it would have been better if this was a little bit longer, it showed promise, and it was somehow still watchable. I mean we have Keaton here who is such a klutz. If there was a proper introduction for such, something that might look like a background for his character, would give us a good explanation on why he is acting such. That would be a good expansion of the film; since he is not typecast like a bungling stupid human being or such.

This is the last of the short Keaton marathon experience. And when I say, it was an experience, it really was an experience. That’s why I keep on looking for his films or his shorts whenever I have the chance to since his works a definitely worth watching.


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