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The Triumph of Lester Snapwell (1963)

| Short, Comedy
A low-budget industrial film shot for Eastman Kodak in 1963, The Triumph Of Lester Snapwell shows all troubles of a man (named Lester Snapwell - Keaton), who, in the late 1860's, tries to ... See full summary »

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James Calhoun

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Ralph Berton
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Buster Keaton ... Lester Snapwell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sigrid Nelsson Sigrid Nelsson ... Clementine
Nina Varela ... Clementine's Mother
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A low-budget industrial film shot for Eastman Kodak in 1963, The Triumph Of Lester Snapwell shows all troubles of a man (named Lester Snapwell - Keaton), who, in the late 1860's, tries to photograph his sweetheart, Clementine, (Nelsson) and her mother (Varela). However, he has too much trouble with the bulky camera. Then he is accidently killed and father time transports him forward, and In each successive era, Lester struggles with the photographic technology of the day. When he arrives in the'current' 1960's, the new "Kodak Instamatic" camera puts all of Lester's troubles to rest. Written by Jonathan McDevitt

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English

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Restored, color corrected video version produced by Bruce Lawton and Charles Churchman. Released on the DVD collection, INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH KEATON. See more »

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Cute Keaton curio
30 June 2015 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

The Triumph of Lester Snapwell (1963) is an inoffensive little commercial from Buster Keaton's late career. Though it's designed to do nothing more than advertise Kodak's newest camera (for 1963, anyway), it does permit Keaton to do some of his understated physical comedy. It is not anything innovative or on par with his golden age of the 1920s, but it is a much better fit for his talents than the awful Beach Party films.

The "plot" is little more than a series of vignettes taking place in different time periods, showcasing the photographic methods of the day. Buster jumps from the 1860s to the 1880s to the 1920s to the 1950s and then finally into the modern day, hoping to snap a photo of his much younger girlfriend Clementine. It's interesting to see all the camera models in addition to Buster doing his thing.

A minor entry, but a cute and inoffensive one too.


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