#17 Our Hospitality (1923)

Okay, so I know that this list has started out with many, many melodramas and not a lot of films that make your stomach hurt from laughing so much. Well, we’re about to get a change in genre because Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality will do just that. Our Hospitality is about a man who falls for a girl whose family was in a feud with his family when he was just a baby- making the man be on her family’s hit list.


So have you ever seen a Buster Keaton film before? Let me fill you in. Buster Keaton I consider the Mr. Bean of the silent era. I mean, what’s not to love about this guy? He always has a deadpan expression on his face like Napoleon Dynamite, gets himself in the most awkward situations but manages to get out of them through a swagger of his own, and is not afraid to do crazy stunts. Strangely, her mannerisms also remind me a bit of Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. I mean hey, they both have a passion for trains!


Roger Ebert called this film Buster Keaton’s first masterpiece. I can definitely see that. It’s not everyday in the 1920s that you saw what’s normally considered a serious situation where someone is a target and treated as a slapstick comedy instead of a crime drama. I’ve always loved slapstick comedy every once in a while. It’s good for the eyes and your sense of humor. What was your favorite part of the film? The stunts in the film were very entertaining to watch. Especially the cliff scene which believe it or not was Keaton’s swimming pool and he almost drowned filming that scene! If you look closely, that scene was included in the final cut.


Here’s is Buster Keaton’s first masterpiece and I expect some laughter-filled comments:


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