Archives for Buster Keaton

Thanks to a young vaudevillian

Thanks to a young vaudevillian whose showbiz career began on the eve of the twentieth century, last week I found myself in a small town in the American Midwest I’d never heard of until recently, launching a novel I’d never planned on writing. By following this young vaudevillian down the rabbit hole a few short years ago and indulging my curiosity, I changed the direction of my writing
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Comedy’s Greatest Era

“Perhaps because ‘dry’ comedy is so much more rare than ‘dry’ wit, there are those people who never much cared for Keaton. Those who do cannot care mildly.” ~ James Agee, LIFE (September 5, 1949)
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Keaton Convention: Oct 2-4, 2014

“It was never my intention to write about a real-life character. I’m a fiction writer, and the people I’ve written about have always come from my own head. I made them up. Then along came Buster.” ~ Binnie Brennan
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One Week

“I am sorry that… the museum, or some dime theater, isn’t showing every short film Keaton ever made, night and day, over and over. Barring only the best of Chaplin, they seem to me the most wonderful comedies ever made.” ~ James Agee (1946 review of a Museum of Modern Art anthology screening of silent movies)
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