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Review: One Week

Here’s a more in-depth review of One Week, which airs to tomorrow night at 8 PM EST on TCM.


Of all of Keaton’s shorts, this one is perhaps the most astounding to watch. Much like some of his later features like Sherlock Jr., One Week is a technical marvel. Buster’s plaything in this particular is a poorly constructed self-made house. The construction itself presents many amazing moments, including a smaller scale version of the falling façade of the house in Steamboat Bill Jr. Given that it’s Keaton, it’s no surprise that everything goes wrong in the construction of the house.


But the faulty construction isn’t even the end of it. Part of what makes it so brilliant is that once this utterly ridiculous house is built, Keaton explores it even further with some ingenious, and of course, technically amazing, stunts.

As with so many of his films, Keaton is able to create something that is not only hilarious but also demonstrates his brilliance as a director. The ending in particular definitely takes you off guard on first viewing, and provides a rather interesting deception.


Sybil Seely, who also appears in a few other of Keaton’s shorts, does a great job as his wife here. Much to the surprise of modern day viewers, she actually is involved in a rather revealing scene, so to speak, in a bathtub (which has a particularly bizarre conclusion to it).


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