By Eleanor Keaton, Jeffrey Vance
Identified for his mythical stone face and actual gags, Buster Keaton used to be a genius of silent-film comedy. a long time after their free up, his video clips stay unsurpassed marvels of comedian invention and mechanical timing. In Buster Keaton remembered, an illustrated survey of Keaton's occupation, 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 intense gains he conceived, directed, produced, and played in; and his later sound movies for M-G-M and others. clean prints of vintage movie stills and never-before-published pictures from the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences, including a full of life, anecdotal textual content, supply a behind-the-scenes examine how Keaton got here up together with his hilarious principles, choreographed his difficult stunts, and crafted his movies.
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York, He would \aude- instead go into the movies, working w ith Roscoe one "Fattv" Arbuckle. ""^ In March 1917, ten days before to start rehearsals for Buster was walking he was The Passing Show, down Broadway when he met Lou Anger, an acquaintance from vaude\ille, who was with Roscoe Arbuckle, the screen comedian. Arbuckle invited Buster to \'isit the Colony Studio, where he was about to begin a series of two-reel comedies for producer Joseph M. Schenck. Buster gladly accepted the in\itation. Roscoe Arbuckle was known to the public, so called large size.
S. Veteran's Hospital where he almost died. " such It S. ]. a result of his television as World in Buster condition stabilized, he looked like an octopus with his life story, with tal for a total arettes a in the hospi- of four weeks. Smoking two packs of cig- day surely landed him in the hospital, reality 1935. I it five years, from 1931 to Buster had been dry for about three years before met him. He had occasional drinking binges during the first fifteen years of our marriage. But after his health scare in 1955, he never had two before dinner every night.
Buster's stage coat had he was serious. a harness built inside it used in films. Joe If Buster started to smile or laugh dur- ing the act, Joe would with a suitcase handle when say, "Face! " which between the shoulders, and Joe would pick him up b\ the handle and throw him w cision. Myra ith accurae\' and pre- did not participate in an\ knockabout comedw She plaved the alto saxophone or some other instrument between the antics of father and son. The had nightl\- act a script. aters that was never the same, and it The Three Keatons performed had tw o shows stanth' evolving during a daw and the act never in the- was con- performances and was measured against the reactions of the audience.
Buster Keaton Remembered by Eleanor Keaton, Jeffrey Vance