Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy

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Gambit Publishing, 1 сент. 2008 г. - Всего страниц: 280
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Buster Keaton: the Persistence of Comedy 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, joining his parents at age four in their legendarily violent knockabout comedy act. He rose to the peak of his fame and artistic triumph while still in his twenties, directing and starring in a string of classic silent comedies, including his masterpiece, The General, only to fall from grace with shattering swiftness in the early 1930s. The coming of sound and the sea-change it brought to the movie industry, combined with Keaton's loss of creative independence, personal troubles and a severe drinking problem almost ended his career. He persevered through years of eclipse, eventually making a comeback on television in the 1950s and living to see himself acclaimed as one of cinema's immortals. Delving beneath the familiar facts to uncover Keaton's essential character as an artist, The Persistence of Comedy examines his life and work on both sides of the camera to create a rich portrait of the face, the body, the personality and the intelligence that went into his movies and continue to fascinate us because of his embodiment of paradoxes - artist and comic, director and performer, stuntman and subtle actor, icon of the machine age and lyrical portraitist of America's past. Opposing qualities of irony and sweetness, logic and absurdity, passion and impassiveness don't just coexist in Keaton's films and character, they are fused so completely that it is impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Exploring controversies and unresolved questions, engaging previous criticism and offering new insights, ThePersistence of Comedy pays tribute to Keaton's complexity and enduring relevance. His story inspires a meditation on the serious business of his comedy, the comic stance in life and Keaton's own singular, bone-deep version of it. Illustrated with rare stills and drawing from a wide range of sources including never-before uncovered interviews with Keaton's wives, this is an elegant celebration of Buster Keaton for both those already familiar with him and the newcomer.
 

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Introduction Afterimage
8
FROZEN FIRE theface ofserious comedy
27
GENTLEMAN OF COMEDY the Keaton
97
LIVING IN THE CAMERA fantasy vs
111
BREATHING PROPS Buster brides
128
THE EYE OF THE STORM the art
154
KEATONS KENNEL decline and
169
AN ARTIST IN EXILE a silent clown
200
in a world ofsound
222
Notes sources and bibliography
248
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Imogen Sara Smith is a freelance writer on film from the silent period to fifties noir. She resides in Brooklyn, NY. This is her first book.

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