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Unformatted text preview: Worksheet 16 - Film History Professor Rohdie (UCF) In Sherlock Junior (1924), Keaton is a projectionist at a movie theatre who dreams of being a detective. As a detective, in the reality of the ction, he is a failure and as a result loses the girl whom he loves. As a detective, in fantasy, in the lm he enters, he is a success. He passes into the screen of Hearts and Pearls , not only to solve a mystery in that lm, but to rescue the girl ( his girl/the girl in the lm he enters) by acrobatics and athletic deeds thus winning her in fan- tasy and then awaking having won her in reality, in the framing ction, and as a result it might seem of the adventure in fantasy, within the framed lm. The ability to pass from reality to fantasy and back again attests to the porosity between the real and the imaginary, the every- day and the cinema, a constant in all of Keatons lms, and, it might be argued for all cinema. Is this not at the centre of Vertigo , of most adventure stories and all love stories, indeed in the nature of lm, a passage and to and fro between the world and images of it, which is the magic and the lure of lms? The real scene(s) in Sherlock Junior - the dollar bills, the wallet stu ed with money, the box of chocolate whose price is altered to make it seem expensive, the theft of the watch, the slip- ping on the banana, the falsity of the other lover - concerns the deceptiveness of appear- ances. Insofar as what appears to be true is other than it appears, reality itself is made uncer- tain as is any attempt to mimic it (a verisimilitude). The two lms, framed and framing, are mir- ror images. The central plot at the opening is that true love belongs to Buster and his girl whereas false love, the love that deceives the girl, is taken to be true when it is only a seduc- tion, dirty because false. The true is always pure - like Buster himself, an innocent and ingen- ious. In order to reveal the falsity of appearances (the other lover, the watch he is accused of stealing), Buster enters a fantasy world ( lm!) where quite literally dream is taken to be true. stealing), Buster enters a fantasy world ( lm!...
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course FIL 3036 taught by Professor Rohdie during the Fall '09 term at University of Central Florida.
- Fall '09