in about 100 words or less
US 19m, B&W, silent
Directed: Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton; Cast: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts
One Week is a brilliantly funny and extremely inventive film which follows Buster and his newlywed wife as they attempt to build their own prefabricated home. As Keaton’s first short film to be released after his Arbuckle days, it is also one of his most memorable. Incredibly fast paced, One Week is full of hilarious mechanical gags, ridiculously dangerous and physical comedy and a very charming and slightly risqué “fourth wall” bathtub scene involving Buster’s co-star Sybil Seely. Keaton also establishes the use of a locomotive in the film’s destructive finale – which would become a recurring theme in his films to follow (Klaus Ming January 2012).