One Week was the first Buster Keaton-directed film to be released to the public. Based on a now-obscure educational short called Home Made, it involves a build-it-yourself house given to Keaton and his new bride.
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A house built by Numérobis. A house-warming lunch on a Friday 13th. A Super Mario jump. The hand that covers the camera, cos this is america people 'no nudity, please'. A Ford model T pulling a HOUSE. The front-wall from the house's front almost crushing Keaton to death (a gag he'd use later on 'Steamboat Bill, Jr')>THE best stunt guy EVER! A comedic genius only Chaplin, Lubitsch, Tati & Jerry Lewis managed to rival.
The first of Buster Keaton's solo shorts to be commercially released, ONE WEEK is a whirlwind showcase of the comedians singularly brilliant talents. A farcical tale of a two young newlyweds' hilarious attempts to build their own house, the film heralded Keaton's arrival as a unique comedic genius. Features early incarnations of some of his most famous gags, demonstrating his flair for precise timing and ingenuity.
I had a date in college where we were going to watch a movie projected in my room. I wanted to watch City Lights. The girl had never seen a silent film she thought it was going to be really boring. I said "I'll show you a short silent movie and if you don't like it we will watch something else", and showed her this. She was converted in 20 minutes.
So simple but DAMN!, this is some great entertainment.
Just sit back and enjoy it... in an era full of GIFs floating around Tumblr, Twitter and alike, behold the true power of something silent from the start and really intended to be fun (not accidentally so).
The bathroom scene when wife drops the soap while taking a bath and presumably the camera operator's hand from behind the camera covers the lens while she picks it up is hilariously clever and very Brechtian. Reminding the audience of 1920 and even now that it is just a spectacle and someone is behind that camera. Good on you Keaton.