Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw Talks Sherlock Jr., 1924

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"The main point of Buster Keaton's imaginative narrative in this celebrated classic was about dreams and reality (portrayed in parallel narratives of the cinematic world and the real world). All of the actors who had roles in the framing story also took corresponding roles in the fantasy sequence. The hero dreamt himself into a detective movie that mirrored his real-life troubles. In a sense, Keaton's objective was to present a satirical tribute to the power of the movies to glamorize reality (Hollywood's Dream Factory) - to inspire escapist dreams, to let us live vicariously through film characters, to identify with film stars, or to project one's hopes and wishes onto the screen (or in our mind's eye)." -- Tim Dirks,

Join film critic Walter Chaw to talk about this film. Sherlock Jr. is free to watch on the streaming service Kanopy which you can subscribe to using your library card. Not a Kanopy member yet? Grab your library card and get started here.

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