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“All my life I have been happiest when the folks watching me said to each other, `Look at the poor dope, wilya?” — Buster Keaton

It’s Buster Keaton’s birthday today. As a small boy with a talent for acrobatics (and a high tolerance for pain), Keaton performed with his parents in a family act (an act notorious for its wild violence) before launching off on … Continue reading

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“The camera is always where it needs to be with him.” — Interview with Dana Stevens, author of Camera Man

I interviewed Dana Stevens about her wonderful book Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century, after a screening of Keaton’s The General last week at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, Rhode … 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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Sergio Leone presents:

Professor Serverus Snape’s Sorcerer-Tastic, Muggalicious Mid-Summer Movie Quiz. Long anticipated. Questions are awesome, thought-provoking (your SECOND favorite Francis Ford Coppola movie? Love it!) – and the answers are even better. I was unable to participate in the last two quizzes … 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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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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