(taintedsky) wrote in slowclub,


buster keaton

i first saw keaton at the art gallery last year and instantly fell in love; my friend and i sat upstairs at the showing of 'the general' for what seemed like a few minutes which later turned out to be hours.

after that i borrowed a bunch of his videos from the library and another friend of mine and i would watch them on friday afternoons; i am quite sure we were one of the only girls at my silly high school to be watching black and white films on fridays after school...

his work is charming, delightful, etc, & i'm always so enamoured with his stunts & the adorable characters he plays, although i have done a little research and know that characters are all they ever were...

anyway, i'm sure you don't need me rambling on like so! watch his films/shorts if you haven't already - i'm sure there must be keaton fans in here somewhere.

"I have called Keaton the most silent of silent film comedians without quite explaining why. The silence was related to another deeply rooted quality -- that immobility, that sense of alert repose, we have so often seen in him. Keaton could run like a jackrabbit and, in almost every feature film, he did. He could stunt like Lloyd, as honestly and even more dangerously. His pictures are motion pictures. Yet, though there is a hurricane eternally raging around him, and though he is often caught up in it, Keaton's constant drift is toward the quiet at the hurricane's eye."

-- Walter Kerr,
The Silent Clowns

photos from http://www.cinepad.com/busterk.htm & http://silentgents.com/PKeaton.html
lots of links available at http://www.ida.liu.se/~juhta/buster/

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