Tag Archives: Buster Keaton

Happy Birthday, Buster Keaton!

Coming out of the family tradition of vaudeville, Keaton performed with his parents as a small boy (already showing a great gift for acrobatics and pratfalls) before launching off on his own. Getting into movies was not a natural leap … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘Beckett’, by Jane Kramer

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town (Modern Library Paperbacks) is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped by decade, which is a … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton Running

Mike D’Angelo has a wonderful piece up about the glories of Buster Keaton running, especially in that unforgettable chase scene at the end of Seven Chances, which I’ve written about before. He nails it. I love how he delves into … Continue reading

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Johnny Depp: The Mad Hatter’s Context

I have always felt that context was decisive, when it came to acting styles. I have heard it said that an actor should approach King Lear in the same way he approaches a French farce, and while I understand the … Continue reading

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The Books: “Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat” (Edward McPherson)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Buster Keaton: Tempest In A Flat Hat, by Edward McPherson I loved coming back to the house on Cape Cod on a drizzly day, and seeing Cashel curled up in a chair with his laptop … Continue reading

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Happy Place: Buster Keaton

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The Books: “The Last Great Revolution : Turmoil and Transformation in Iran” (Robin Wright)

And here is my next excerpt from my history bookshelf: Next book on the shelf is The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, by Robin Wright. Wright, a reporter who first started covering Iran in 1973, writes this … Continue reading

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“The hard stare remains, even as every last part of him disappears under the water.”

A wonderful article about the work of Buster Keaton. Thanks for sending it, peteb – You’re right – it describes the whole Keaton thing marvelously. If you’re going to characterise your entire career in cinema by a single expression, the … Continue reading

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Tooo many books, Part 3

Over the past month – from my birthday and up to and including Christmas – I have received so many books that I am a bit overwhelmed and feel kind of … well … like I have ADD or something. … Continue reading

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James Agee on silent comedy

James Agee wrote a piece for Life magazine called “Comedy’s Greatest Era” which appeared on September 3, 1949. It was Agee’s tribute to the masters of silent films – the Charlie Chaplins, the Buster Keatons, and more. If you are … Continue reading

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