The Cook



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Buster Keaton as Assistant Chef
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Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 4 / 10

Talented duo/trio, but this one isn't a winner

"The Cook" is an American movie from 1918, so it will have its 100th anniversary next year and at this age it is of course still a silent black-and-white film. And it includes some of the big names from that era, most of all Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who wrote, directed and acted in here. His co-stars are Buster Keaton and Al St. John, silent film greats in their own right. The title already gives away that this is a bit of a culinary comedy. But sadly, it is never a film that is going to wet your mouth really. It's basically sketch comedy from start to finish and I think this film could have done with a better story/plot. Or if I were mean I could say with a story/plot in general. Not even the comedic talent of the protagonists can make up for that unfortunately. Intertitles could have been more frequent too, a common problem of films from that time, and when there were some, then they really included extremely little text for this film as if letters were expensive, so they tried to keep them down. I like Buster's and Fatty's physical presence usually more than I do here (not really a connection with ASJ), so I don't think this one deserves to be among their most known which it probably is. Not recommended. Thumbs-down and it's only worth checking out for the very biggest fans of the protagonists and old silent films.

Reviewed by tavm 7 / 10

Most of The Cook was a wonderful discovery of a previously lost Arbuckle/Keaton film

Until 1998, this short silent comedy starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle with support from Buster Keaton and Al St. John was considered lost. Watch in amazement as Arbuckle tosses food to Keaton who just catches them on his plate effortlessly. Watch them both dance to the music of the jazz band as Buster impersonates the female dancer next to him and Roscoe does the same with Buster while fitting pots and pans and broom and dustpan on himself. Oh, and throw in some sausage and cabbage while you're at it! By the way, the most shockingly funny bit was when Arbuckle almost chops Buster's neck off! You'll just have to watch this short to know what I mean. I did notice some scenes still missing like when Buster was taking that bass from one of the African-American musicians and was targeting it at St. John. The later amusement park scenes also had some missing sequences though the titles explained what happened at the end. That setup wasn't as funny though there were still some decent laughs. So on that note, I recommend The Cook.

Reviewed by Shimakaneda 9 / 10

Oldtime Mayhem

The Cook had been presumed lost for decades, until fragments of it turned up in both the Netherlands and Norway. I for one am very happy that most of this silent film was found and restored!

It's a typical Arbuckle/Keaton production, which is to say *wonderful.* Being a fan of both, it was very interesting for me to see the first filmed instance of the Cleopatra routine, which was later attributed only to Keaton; this film inclines me to believe it was originally Arbuckle's shtick. Whatever the case is of who dreamed up the gag first, it's very well done by both of them and the rest of the usual cast in Arbuckle/Keaton collaborations.

Parts of this film reminded me very much of their Coney Island to the point where I suspect footage from Coney Island was used to supplement whatever was missing from The Cook. I don't have both films available to compare, and I'm probably wrong. I'm just saying there are amusement park scenes which look very familiar.

One thing that both films do have in common, however, is a few frames of Buster Keaton smiling, contrary to the legend that he never smiled on film. Keaton did indeed smile in these early films (The Cook and Coney Island), in the years before his stoic persona completely gelled. And he has a gorgeous smile!

Oh, another comedic gag in this film that appears in very early Keaton films is the "pie fight,"although in this particular case it isn't pie but vanilla ice cream being thrown. I'd read somewhere that Keaton did not do pie throwing, but he did engage in food fighting in his early films to great effect, including this one and The Butcher (flour). Buster and Keaton are both master acrobats. One doesn't view this level of physical artistry in contemporary films.

The Cook was a lovely little romp. I'd recommend it to just about anyone.

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