Surrealist, existentialist, or forerunner of the theater of the absurd, meta-comedian in the tradition of humor noir: Buster Keaton turns one hundred.
The world-weary cynicism, the acceptance of chaos, and the inevitability of the fading of romance that seem to characterize a post-holocaust generation make Keaton a favorite with today's audiences; they prefer his detached cool to Chaplin's often impassioned sentimentality and spirited commitment. There is no question that Keaton was an innovative filmmaker with an instinctive awareness of the unique possibilities of the camera and that he anticipated the cinematic strides of such later masters as Renoir, Welles, Antonioni, and Kubrick. Neither his content nor his structure seems dated. We can learn much from him, about the folly of pride, about the importance of persevering, and about the fact that the value of a human life is not measured by money, but by work. Experts, students, and enthusiasts will find great value in this book.
Preface Biography The Art of Buster Keaton Interviews Bibliographical Essay Bibliographical Checklist of Buster Keaton Sources Filmography Chronological Biography Notes Index
Reviews Keaton is one of the most important figures in the art of cinema, and any library seriously supporting the study of film should consider this an essential purchase.—Choice