This is truly a masterpiece.
It transcends short film.
This film is all about work.
About having shitty jobs.
The things we do for money!
Stan and Ollie work their asses off.
For nothing, basically.
But it provides us with some much-needed levity.
And one need not be overly-erudite to see Sisyphus in all of this.
Up the hill.
Over and over again.
Just as things seem ok.
The same disaster strikes again.
And you are back at square one.
[only funny if you’re not living it]
But this is comedy.
And so we thank God for Jerry Lewis…and Laurel and Hardy…and Charlie Chaplin.
And all the great comedians who have brought the working man (and woman) the laughter they so dearly needed.
There’s some great mise-en-scène and economy of means here from director James Parrott.
Everything revolves around the interminable stairs.
Oh, Stan and Ollie…
They are at their idiotic best here.
Two gen-u-ine dumbasses 🙂
If I could only remember the name of that rock band that destroyed the piano…