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Buster Keaton S Silent Shorts 1920 1923

Author : James L. Neibaur
ISBN : 9780810887404
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In Buster Keaton s Silent Shorts: 1920-1923, James L. Neibaur and Terri Niemi provide a film-by-film assessment of Buster Keaton s short films produced in the early 1920s. The authors discuss the significance of each short to the Keaton filmography, as well as each film s importance to cinema. Offering a clear and in-depth perspective on 19 films, the authors explain what makes these shorts effective and why they re funny."

Keaton S Silent Shorts

Author : Gabriella Oldham
ISBN : 9780809385942
Genre : Performing Arts
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Hardly a neglected artist, Buster Keaton attracts biographers and film scholars capable of incisive comment on his work. He continues to draw the serious attention of both popular writers and scholars because as a comic genius and major comedy filmmaker during the silent age he rivals Charlie Chaplin. Yet writers have focused on the full-length films from 1923 to 1928, when Keaton joined MGM, lost his creative freedom, and began a glide toward oblivion that lasted until his rediscovery in the late 1950s. Filling a major gap in the critical canon, Gabriella Oldham’s study of Keaton’s nineteen silent short films shot between 1920 and 1923 chronicles the rapid growth in the filmmaker’s understanding of what makes both comedy and film successful. Keaton developed his major themes in these nineteen short films: his persona "Buster" vs. Rival, Nature, Machine, Self, and Fate; his resilient pursuit of love and the efforts he makes to overcome any curves thrown by Fate; and his trademark "stone face" blocking any display of the passionate emotion he feels about everything he does. These short films clearly indicate Keaton’s love of the camera and his concern for composition, symmetry, and images that delight the eye and startle the mind. Oldham reconstructs each of these rarely seen films in such a way as to enable the reader to "watch" Keaton’s performance, devoting a separate chapter to each. She analyzes each film’s strengths, weaknesses, and prevalent themes and threads. She also enables readers to plumb the depths of what seems to be surface comedy through philosophical, biographical, historical, and critical commentary, thus linking the shorts together into a cohesive study of Buster Keaton’s growth through his three-year independent venture as a filmmaker. Beyond the laughter and beyond the great stone face, Oldham presents a treasure of cinema comedy and a unique philosophy of life as captured by the mature eye of a great filmmaker.

Buster Keaton Remembered

Author : Eleanor Keaton
ISBN : UOM:39015050799678
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Traces the silent film comedian's career, from his work in vaudeville, through his early short films, to his later work on sound films.

Early Charlie Chaplin

Author : James L. Neibaur
ISBN : 9780810882423
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Before making a name for himself as an undisputed master of cinema, Charlie Chaplin first developed his acting, writing, and directing skills at Keystone Studios. This book examines each of these films, assessing the important early work of a comedian who became a timeless icon.

The Fall Of Buster Keaton

Author : James L. Neibaur
ISBN : 0810876833
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Fall of Buster Keaton assesses Keaton's work during the talking picture era, especially those made at MGM, Educational, and Columbia studios. While giving some attention to the early part of Keaton's career, Neibaur focuses primarily on Keaton's contract work with the three studios, as well as his subsequent work as a gagman, supporting player, and television pitchman. The book also recounts the resurgence of interest in Keaton's silent work, which resulted in a lifetime achievement Oscar and worldwide recognition before his death in 1966.

The Theater And Cinema Of Buster Keaton

Author : Robert Knopf
ISBN : 0691004420
Genre : Performing Arts
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An unprecedented look at the wide-ranging appeal of Keaton's genius, startingwith his early days in Vaudeville. 30 illustrations.

Stan Without Ollie

Author : Ted Okuda
ISBN : 9780786489879
Genre : Performing Arts
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Long before his momentous teaming with Oliver Hardy, comedian Stan Laurel (1890–1965) was a motion picture star in his own right. From his film debut in Nuts in May (1917) through his final solo starring effort Should Tall Men Marry? (1928), Laurel headlined dozens of short comedies for a variety of producers and production companies, often playing characters far removed from the meek, dimwitted “Stanley” persona that we know and love. This is a film-by-film look at the pictures Stan made as a solo artist, as well as those he wrote and directed for other stars, shows his development as a movie comedian and filmmaker. Comedy legend Jerry Lewis, a longtime friend and admirer of Stan Laurel, provides an affectionate and eloquent foreword. Included are several rare photographs and production stills.

Chaplin At Essanay

Author : James L. Neibaur
ISBN : 0786435127
Genre : Performing Arts
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Examines sixteen Charlie Chaplin comedies produced at Essanay, showing Chaplin as an artist in transition from the knockabout Keystone farces to more refined, sometimes brilliant Mutual productions.

My Wonderful World Of Slapstick

Author : Buster Keaton
ISBN : 9781786254962
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Over half century ago the society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children complained to Mayor Van Wyck, of New York, that Joe Keaton, a vaudeville actor, was brutally mistreating his five-year old son. At each afternoon and evening performance the child, billed as “The Human Mop”, was slammed on the floor, hurled into the wings, and sometimes banged into bass drums. Unable to find a bruise or scratch on the lad, Mayor Van Wyck refused to ban the act. The “Human Mop” bounced on to worldwide fame as Buster Keaton, one of this century’s greatest comedians. In this intimate autobiography Buster Keaton tells his whole personal and professional story, beginning with his colourful and exciting childhood as the undentable tot in the “Three Keatons” whose proudest boast was having the rowdiest, roughest act in vaudeville. Buster has played with all the great ones, from George M. Cohen and Bojangles Robinson and Al Jolson to Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan and Red Skelton, during his sixty years as a star in vaudeville, silent and talking pictures, night clubs and television. Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle got him into the movies and taught him how to throw a custard pie. Buster could not even keep slapstick out of his eleven months as a draftee in our World War I army. He came out to help create the Golden Age of Comedy with his friends Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Arbuckle, Mack Sennett and the Keystone Cops. Marital troubles and alcoholism once got Buster down, but could not keep him down. MY WONDERFUL WORLD OF SLAPSTICK was written with the collaboration of Charles Samuels, co-author of His Eye Is On the Sparrow, Ethel Waters’ best-selling autobiography. Buster Keaton’s Life Story will enchant and thrill all those who enjoy looking past the glitter and the grease paint into a magnificent performer’s mind and heart.

Buster Keaton

Author : Buster Keaton
ISBN : 1578069637
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Interviews from the beginning of Buster Keaton's career in the 1920s to the year before his death are brought together in a volume that provides a critical perspective on his acting and cinematic techniques and includes pieces by Studs Terkel and Rex Reed, among others. Simultaneous.

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