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Buster Keaton : a filmmaker's life  Cover Image Book Book

Buster Keaton : a filmmaker's life / James Curtis.

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  • ISBN: 9780385354219
  • ISBN: 0385354215
  • Physical Description: 810 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The smallest comedian -- Keep your eye on the kid -- Big frog in a little pond -- Not like the old man anymore -- I cast my lot with the pictures -- Getting restless -- The comedy sensation of the screen world -- The most unique and original comedian -- Spooling comedy -- Our hospitality -- The navigator -- Friendless -- The general -- Steamboat Bill, Jr. -- Giving in -- The cameraman -- The gag day is over -- Running around loose -- Crash in to my life -- I've got lots of time -- One of the skeletons inthe M-G-M closet -- A comedy sequence here and there -- Diggin' up material -- Along came television -- The worst thing ever made -- Merton of the movies -- Once upon a mattress -- When television was king -- The railrodder -- Something like a genius.
Summary, etc.:
It was James Agee who christened Buster Keaton ٢The Great Stone Face.٣ Keaton's face, Agee wrote, "ranked almost with Lincoln's as an early American archetype; it was haunting, handsome, almost beautiful, yet it was also irreducibly funny. Keaton was the only major comedian who kept sentiment almost entirely out of his work and . . . he brought pure physical comedy to its greatest heights.٣ Mel Brooks: ٢A lot of my daring came from Keaton.٣ Martin Scorsese, influenced by Keaton's pictures in the making of Raging Bull: ٢The only person who had the right attitude about boxing in the movies for me,٣ Scorsese said, ٢was Buster Keaton.٣ Keaton's deadpan stare in a porkpie hat was as recognizable as Charlie Chaplin's tramp and Harold Lloyd's straw boater and spectacles, and, with W. C. Fields, the four were each considered a comedy king--but Keaton was, and still is, considered to be the greatest of them all. His iconic look and acrobatic brilliance obscured the fact that behind the camera Keaton was one of our most gifted filmmakers. Through nineteen short comedies and twelve magnificent features, he distinguished himself with such seminal works as Sherlock Jr., The Navigator, Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Cameraman, and his masterpiece, The General. Now James Curtis, admired biographer of Preston Sturges (٢definitive٣-Variety), W. C. Fields (٢by far the fullest, fairest and most touching account we have yet had. Or are likely to have٣-Richard Schickel, front page of The New York Times Book Review), and Spencer Tracy (٢monumental; definitive٣-Kirkus Reviews), gives us the richest, most comprehensive life to date of the legendary actor, stunt artist, screenwriter, director-master. Provided by publisher.
Subject: Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966.
Motion picture actors and actresses > United States > Biography.
Comedians > United States > Biography.

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  • 5 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Jefferson County.


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