The Boat (1921)

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“The Boat” is a silent short film released in 1921, directed by and starring Buster Keaton. The film follows Keaton as he attempts to take his newly purchased boat on a fishing trip with his family, but the boat turns out to be in poor condition and the trip quickly turns disastrous.

Throughout the film, Keaton faces a series of comedic challenges, including a leaky boat, a broken motor, and a runaway anchor. Despite his best efforts, Keaton’s attempts to fix the boat only make things worse, and the family’s fishing trip becomes a series of escalating disasters.

“The Boat” is a classic example of Keaton’s style of physical comedy, featuring his trademark deadpan expression and ingenious use of props and gags. The film is often cited as one of Keaton’s best works, and it remains a beloved classic of early film comedy.

“The Boat” is also notable for its innovative use of special effects, particularly a scene where Keaton’s boat is washed away by a tidal wave. The scene was achieved through the use of a large water tank and careful choreography, and it remains a striking example of early film special effects.

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline, Sybil Seely

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