The Chemist

20 Feb

The Chemist is a Buster Keaton film, created in 1936. It tells the story of a scientist at Duncemore College. The chemist’s job is to create powders that have various effects, a job which he is very successful at. He manages to create a love powder, but his superiors aren’t interested. He eventually creates silently exploding powder, which he is to present at the chemist convention. Before he can make it he is interrupted by robbers who are in search of a way to break into a safe without being caught. The Chemist takes control by using the powder, which only takes effect with water, on the theives. This film used sounds from the surroundings, rather than the simple music that we had been used to until this point. Despite this, the actors still exaggerated their motions, much like the film was still silent. Much like many of the other films, physical comedy plays a large role here.

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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in 1931-1940, Buster Keaton


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