Posts Tagged ‘Buster Keaton’

Hamlet, 1930

November 26, 2010

Buster Keaton. Photo: Clarence Sinclair Bull

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The Cameraman publicity still, 1928

February 27, 2010

Buster Keaton.

20 Shots: The Navigator (1924)

July 29, 2009

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It’s been bothering me that I’ve been unable to attend Trylon Microcinema’s Buster Keaton series (the best way to see silent films: on a big screen, with an audience, and with live musicians). That, along with tracking down a copy of Rudi Blesh’s magnificent Keaton biography (discovered on The Dancing Image’s regularly updated Movie Bookshelf) inspired me to have a Keaton DVD marathon of my own at Casa Surface Noise. With a treasured copy of The Art of Buster Keaton box set I’ve been able to revisit (or in some cases see for the first time) two reelers including The Playhouse, Cops, and The Frozen North, as well as the features Our Hospitality, Sherlock Jr., Battling Butler and The Navigator.

The Navigator, despite being marred by the arrival of a bevy of un-PC cannibals at the film’s conclusion, is for the most part a brilliant merger of the minimal (a two character melodrama) and the maximal (the set is an abandoned ocean liner adrift at sea). Through a few twists of fate Rollo Treadway finds himself stranded in the middle of the ocean with Betsy O’Brien (fearlessly played by Kathryn McGuire), the woman who had just turned down his impetuous proposal of marriage. Conspired against by both nature and man made machinery, the thrown-together couple are nevertheless beginning to tame both (in the madly resourceful Keaton manner) when all hell breaks loose, yet fate steps in once again to save the day.

20 (More) Actors

January 30, 2009

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I didn’t forget these blokes! There had to be twenty more because I left these guys off the first list.

Cary Grant, James Stewart, Toshiro Mifune, Edward G. Robinson, Buster Keaton, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Charles Chaplin, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Marcello Mastroianni, Tatsuya Nakadai, Steve McQueen, Robert Ryan, Errol Flynn, Ian McShane, Marlon Brando.

Be sure to check out these other worthy recent film posts:

Allure’s brilliant take on the 20 actors theme.

Kim Morgan’s homage to Clint Eastwood.

The Self-Styled Siren on the 1932 Howard Hawks/Edward G. Robinson collaboration Tiger Shark.

The Art of Memory’s latest stunning gallery of trains in cinema (part 5!).

related: 20 Actresses, 20 (More) Actresses, 20 Actors (coda)