The Cameraman

The Great Stone Face portrays Luke Shannon, a “tintype” portrait photographer who develops a serious crush on Sally, a beautiful woman who works as a secretary for MGM’s newsreel department. Luke’s primary rival for Sally’s affections is a cameraman for the company, so Luke decides to sign to the newsreel department in hopes of impressing her. However, his hand with a movie camera is not especially sure at first; he mistakenly double exposes a reel of film that results in battleships sailing down Broadway, while his attempts to get footage of a Tong battle seem more successful until an organ grinder’s monkey runs off with his film. Luke gets the axe before long, but he’s not about to give up, and he tries to find another way to impress his lady love.

Three Ages

“The Three Ages,” Buster Keaton’s first feature-length film after a number of comedy shorts, is his parody of Griffith’s “Intolerance.” Keaton tells three parallel stories about the perils of romance, one set in the Stone Age, one during the Roman Empire, and one during the 20th century.