The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Just about the most amusing comedy that you will recall this year.
D.W. Griffith is down to common picture making in this one.
Its interest would be no more than historical were it not also the movie that launched WC Fields. His show-stopping performance as Eustace McGargle, conman and sideshow juggler, contains the seeds of all his later glories.
Griffith stresses the story's melodrama, making Fields an unusually sentimental figure, though the star still manages to showcase some of his juggling routines and even kick a dog.
Sally is minor Griffith, but it demonstrates that, whatever the ostensible genre, he remained (and, pace Steven Spielberg, remains) the master manipulator of human emotion.
Griffith again lays on the mother-sentiment too thickly in places. But, all in all, Sally of the Sawdust is good entertainment.
Sally of the Sawdust is a victim of the same sloppy editing (by the same sloppy editor) that had marred Griffith's Way Down East five years earlier.
Griffith uses the climactic chase to teach editing to Eisenstein in the year of Potemkin
... the pic that propelled W.C. Fields's movie career and was a rare comedy directed by the austere Griffith... .
Beyond being a Fields vehicle, it's a showcase for Griffith's direction, using of beautifully pastoral location shooting that gives Sally an almost-luminous glow.
A fantastic, heartfelt, and funny dramatic film with a great cast and a somewhat simple, yet very exciting emotional story. I really liked it. It has that suspense of the audience knowing that this girl really belongs to a rich family but this guy is pretending to be her father to keep her in the circus business. You're not sure to have sympathy for him or not throughout, but the ending is very good. I recommend this movie.
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