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Buster Keaton

Author : James Curtis
Publisher : Knopf
Page : 832 pages
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Release : 2022-02-15
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780385354226

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Buster Keaton by James Curtis Pdf

From acclaimed cultural and film historian James Curtis—a major biography, the first in more than two decades, of the legendary comedian and filmmaker who elevated physical comedy to the highest of arts and whose ingenious films remain as startling, innovative, modern—and irresistible—today as they were when they beguiled audiences almost a century ago. "It is brilliant—I was totally absorbed, couldn't stop reading it and was very sorry when it ended."—Kevin Brownlow It was James Agee who christened Buster Keaton “The Great Stone Face.” 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.” Mel Brooks: “A lot of my daring came from Keaton.” Martin Scorsese, influenced by Keaton’s pictures in the making of Raging Bull: “The only person who had the right attitude about boxing in the movies for me,” Scorsese said, “was Buster Keaton.” 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 (“definitive”—Variety), W. C. Fields (“by far the fullest, fairest and most touching account we have yet had. Or are likely to have”—Richard Schickel, front page of The New York Times Book Review), and Spencer Tracy (“monumental; definitive”—Kirkus Reviews), gives us the richest, most comprehensive life to date of the legendary actor, stunt artist, screenwriter, director—master.

My Wonderful World Of Slapstick

Author : Buster Keaton,Charles Samuels
Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
Page : 246 pages
File Size : 48,6 Mb
Release : 2015-11-06
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781786254962

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My Wonderful World Of Slapstick by Buster Keaton,Charles Samuels Pdf

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.

Camera Man

Author : Dana Stevens
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 448 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2023-02-28
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781501134203

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Camera Man by Dana Stevens Pdf

They were calling it the Twentieth Century -- "She is a little animal, surely" -- "He's my son, and I'll break his neck any way I want to" -- "The locomotive of juveniles" -- A little hell-raising Huck Finn -- The boy who couldn't be damaged -- "Make me laugh, Keaton" -- Speed mania in the kingdom of shadows -- Pancakes at Childs -- Comique -- Roscoe -- Brooms -- Mabel at the wheel -- Famous players in famous plays -- Home, made -- Rice, shoes, and real estate -- The shadow stage -- Battle-scarred risibilities -- One for you, one for me -- The "darkie shuffle" -- The collapsing façade -- Grief slipped in -- The road through the mountain -- Not a drinker, a drunk -- Old times -- The coming thing in entertainment -- Coda: Eleanor.

Buster Keaton

Author : Edward McPherson
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Page : 237 pages
File Size : 45,6 Mb
Release : 2011-03-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780571278800

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Buster Keaton by Edward McPherson Pdf

'Tracing Keaton's beginnings in vaudeville and how he eventually applied that form's traits to cinema, McPherson creates an excellent portrait of a formidable talent, also addressing the private demons that accelerated his eventual slide.' Empire'The author, rather like his subject, has the knack of sketching a poignant moment using minimum of sentimental flannel.' Sunday Telegraph 'McPherson wins one over because of his loving fan's attention to, and lively evocation of, the core of Keaton's achievement.' Telegraph'Graceful and charming... McPherson's account is animated by the same sort of colour and vitality as Buster's best work.' Scotsman

Buster Keaton

Author : Buster Keaton
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Page : 284 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1578069637

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Buster Keaton by Buster Keaton Pdf

Sweeney collects interviews from the beginning of Buster Keatons career in the 1920s and concludes with his 1950s and 60s television work. The pieces here provide a critical perspective on Keatons acting and cinematic techniques.

Silent Echoes

Author : John Bengtson
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 244 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 2000
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111014010

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Silent Echoes by John Bengtson Pdf

Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton is an epic look at a genius at work and at a Hollywood that no longer exists. Painstakingly researching the locations used in Buster Keaton's classic silent films, author John Bengtson combines images from Keaton's movies with archival photographs, historic maps, and scores of dramatic "then" and "now" photos. In the process, Bengtson reveals dozens of locations that lay undiscovered for nearly 80 years. Part time machine, part detective story, Silent Echoes presents a fresh look at the matchless Keaton at work, as well as a captivating glimpse of Hollywood's most romantic era. More than a book for film, comedy, or history buffs, Silent Echoes appeals to anyone fascinated with solving puzzles or witnessing the awesome passage of time.

Buster Keaton

Author : Imogen Sara Smith
Publisher : Gambit Publishing
Page : 283 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 2008-09-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780967591742

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Buster Keaton by Imogen Sara Smith Pdf

Smith tells of the most dazzling and enigmatic of the silent clowns, a man who began his career in vaudeville as one-third of the Three Keatons at age four only to fall from grace with shattering swiftness in the early 1930s before eventually making a comeback on television in the 1950s.

The Fall of Buster Keaton

Author : James L. Neibaur
Publisher : Scarecrow Press
Page : 244 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2010-07-16
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780810876835

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The Fall of Buster Keaton by James L. Neibaur Pdf

Born into a family of vaudevillians, Buster Keaton made his first film appearance in 1917 at the age of 21. By the early 1920s, he had established himself as one of the geniuses of silent cinema with such films as Sherlock, Jr. and The Navigator and his 1925 work, The General, placed at number 18 in the American Film Institute's poll of the 100 greatest features, the highest ranked silent film on the survey. But with the advent of sound in the late 1920s, silent stars like Keaton began to fall out of favor and the great comedian's career began to decline. In The Fall of Buster Keaton, James Neibaur 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 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. This fascinating account of an artist's struggle and triumph during the more challenging period of his career will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn about one of film's most influential performers.

Buster Keaton Remembered

Author : Eleanor Keaton,Jeffrey Vance
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 248 pages
File Size : 40,7 Mb
Release : 2001-04
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : UOM:39015050799678

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Buster Keaton Remembered by Eleanor Keaton,Jeffrey Vance Pdf

In this unique illustrated survey of Keaton's career, Eleanor Keaton, his wife of 26 years, & film historian Jeffrey Vance provide a personal account of this icon of American cinema. - Tie in with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Keep Your Eye on the Kid

Author : Catherine Brighton
Publisher : Roaring Brook Press
Page : 32 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2008-04-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 159643158X

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Keep Your Eye on the Kid by Catherine Brighton Pdf

FAMOUS AT FOUR! Four-year-old Buster Keaton became one of the best-known comedians of his age and inches when his father threw him across a vaudeville stage, shouting “Keep your eye on the kid!” The crowd roared as he easily landed on his feet and instantly became a star. As Buster grew, he set his sights on the budding world of Hollywood and went on to become one of America’s most beloved silent-film stars. Airy detailed illustrations evoke small-town USA in the early 20th century. Told in Buster’s voice, this captivating biography introduces young readers to a boy who became an American icon and changed the face of comedy and the film world forever.

Comedy for Animators

Author : Jonathan Lyons
Publisher : CRC Press
Page : 200 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2015-11-19
Category : Art
ISBN : 9781317679554

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Comedy for Animators by Jonathan Lyons Pdf

While comedy writers are responsible for creating clever scripts, comedic animators have a much more complicated problem to solve: What makes a physical character funny? Comedy for Animators breaks down the answer by exploring the techniques of those who have used their bodies to make others laugh. Drawing from traditions such as commedia dell’arte, pantomime, Vaudeville, the circus, and silent and modern film, animators will learn not only to create funny characters, but also how to execute gags, create a comic climate, and use environment as a character. Whether you’re creating a comic villain or a bumbling sidekick, this is the one and only guide you need to get your audience laughing! Explanation of comedic archetypes and devices will both inspire and inform your creative choices Exploration of various modes of storytelling allows you to give the right context for your story and characters Tips for creating worlds, scenarios, and casts for your characters to flourish in Companion website includes example videos and further resources to expand your skillset--check it out at www.comedyforanimators.com! Jonathan Lyons delivers simple, fun, illustrated lessons that teach readers to apply the principles of history’s greatest physical comedians to their animated characters. This isn’t stand-up comedy—it’s the falling down and jumping around sort!

The Gag Man

Author : Matthew Dessem
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Release : 2015-09-15
Category : Biography
ISBN : 1941629199

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The Gag Man by Matthew Dessem Pdf

A moving and in-depth biography of one of Hollywood's early, forgotten pioneers.

The Look of Buster Keaton

Author : Robert Benayoun,Randall Conrad
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 206 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 1984
Category : Comedians
ISBN : 0907516408

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The Look of Buster Keaton by Robert Benayoun,Randall Conrad Pdf

The Theater and Cinema of Buster Keaton

Author : Robert Knopf
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Page : 234 pages
File Size : 52,6 Mb
Release : 1999-08-22
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0691004420

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The Theater and Cinema of Buster Keaton by Robert Knopf Pdf

An unprecedented look at the wide-ranging appeal of Keaton's genius, startingwith his early days in Vaudeville. 30 illustrations.

Buster Keaton, the Man who Wouldn't Lie Down

Author : Tom Dardis
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 340 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 2002-01-01
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 0816640017

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Buster Keaton, the Man who Wouldn't Lie Down by Tom Dardis Pdf

Dardis is a genuine film historian and his careful research & skilled narration pay off in this biography of the master comedian with the tragic mask who was all but forgotten at the end of the 1930s but is now on the curricula of film schools.