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By Eleanor Keaton, Jeffrey Vance

Recognized for his mythical stone face and actual gags, Buster Keaton used to be a genius of silent-film comedy. many years after their unlock, his video clips stay unsurpassed marvels of comedian invention and mechanical timing. In Buster Keaton remembered, an illustrated survey of Keaton's profession, Eleanor Keaton, his spouse of 26 years, and picture historian Jeffrey Vance supply a private account of this icon of yankee cinema. Drawing on expert papers, screenplays, studio files, and scrapbooks, the authors hint Keaton's beginnings in vaudeville, the place he perfected his gags; his first silent shorts with Roscoe Arbuckle; the bright positive factors he conceived, directed, produced, and played in; and his later sound motion pictures for M-G-M and others. clean prints of vintage movie stills and never-before-published images from the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences, including a full of life, anecdotal textual content, provide a behind-the-scenes examine how Keaton got here up along with his hilarious rules, choreographed his complicated stunts, and crafted his motion pictures.

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The resultant erratic behavior program, his with the other major silent clowns as cinemat- : unhappiness was the deterioration of his marriage to Natalie Keaton had ^ cult occasions, to drink. Further adding to his aired in rediscovered Keaton and established mere comic performer, Keaton resorted, as (later James Agee wrote eased opportunity to improvise. As he ceased less later, local half-hour television Keaton Show of Ivance, being forced to adhere to a detailed script in advance, allowing Ed Wynn Show, which broadcast of the ing studio chose stories for Keaton without cousulting initial He in 1960, Cinematheque received an honorary and in 1962 a tribute Academy at the Frangaise.

Talmadge. The resultant erratic behavior program, his with the other major silent clowns as cinemat- : unhappiness was the deterioration of his marriage to Natalie Keaton had ^ cult occasions, to drink. Further adding to his aired in rediscovered Keaton and established mere comic performer, Keaton resorted, as (later James Agee wrote eased opportunity to improvise. As he ceased less later, local half-hour television Keaton Show of Ivance, being forced to adhere to a detailed script in advance, allowing Ed Wynn Show, which broadcast of the ing studio chose stories for Keaton without cousulting initial He in 1960, Cinematheque received an honorary and in 1962 a tribute Academy at the Frangaise.

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