Hollywood at its best: buster keaton's general history of cinema has seen many phases and today's commercial cinema is quite different in many aspects from the cinema of the silent era or classical cinema. In buster keaton's sherlock jr made in 1924, the specific film technique that best stands out is mise-en-scene mise-en-scene is the composition or what's in the scene or frame this technique includes long take, long shot, and moving camera. Cops was later used for its concluding 20 minutes to another pbs series, sprockets in the 1980s, following its presentation of buster keaton's feature length comedy, steamboat bill jr (1928. This character-driven horror is exactly what a haunted house/horror film can be at its best, and the rare number of times this has been achieved attests how difficult it is to do in other words, a real horror story works with characters and relationships, not special effects, and the uninvited 'gets' this from start to finish. Buster keaton is born in piqua, kansas, 1895 tragedy is a close-up comedy, a long shot, the actor/director once said his comic genius was firmly established during the silent era in films he had complete artistic control over—sherlock jr (1924), the general (1927) and steamboat bill jr (1928) among the best of them.
The general (1927) this silent classic starring buster keaton is still funny and often quite beautiful the story is based on an actual event—an attempt by the union spy james j andrews and his raiders to steal a confederate locomotive, the general. Explore kate lewis's board buster keaton & charlie chaplin limelight on pinterest | see more ideas about charlie chaplin, silent film and comedians. Time described it as a story of hollywood at its worst told by hollywood at its best, while boxoffice review wrote the picture will keep spectators spellbound  james agee , writing for sight and sound , praised the film and said wilder and brackett were beautifully equipped to do the cold, exact, adroit, sardonic job they have done.
Also watch a buster keaton, who was similarly devoted to silent cinema in films such as sherlock, jr and the general notice how easy it is to understand what keaton's character is doing even though if they were a sound films he would have very little dialogue. Its sight gags may not be as funny, complex and clever as in buster's independent films (the general, sherlock jr, steamboat bill jr and others), but the cameraman has probably the best romance of all his films, and is certainly one of the best directed. Lensed in an eerily abandoned paris in 1915, louis feuillade's stark chapterplay les vampires is a grim and powerful work which is worlds apart from the later glitz and polish of the golden age serials produced by the american studios. Buster keaton as johnnie gray in the general buster was born to parents from vaudeville in piqua, kansas and had 146 acting credits in his career, from a 1917 short to a funny thing happened buster keaton in the general (1926. Hollywood at its best: buster keaton's general essay hollywood to bollywood: what makes a movie good essay postmodernism, hyperreality and the hegemony of spectacle in new hollywood essay.
Dir: clyde bruckman, buster keaton criticwire average: a+ though it's considered by many to be his greatest film, the general isn't buster keaton's most inventive feature (sherlock, jr), nor is it necessarily his funniest (seven chances or steamboat bill jr. Buster keaton in cops, in a more general way, a pattern of words that turns away from direct statement or its own obvious meaning was the type hollywood. Silent movies have been enjoying a revival locally, with frequent offerings from the chicago film society, the music box theatre, and the gene siskel film center, to name a few. What's in a frame cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out -martin scorsese when it comes to movies, the frame may very well be the most vital tool that filmmakers employ in order to move their story along and present any emotions or themes they want. As kracauer pointed out in the same essay, carved out of its planks le père jules (michel simon), l'atalante (jean vigo, 1933) but even more than this, le pére jules, seems to me, the prime example of what is universally used to describe vigo: poetic.
The great buster celebrates the life and career of one of america's most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, buster keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Buster keaton in the general p eople are often surprised that someone like me - very much associated with verbal humour - should be such a campaigner for vintage silent movie comedy. Buster keaton: the shorts collection 1917-1923 (kino lorber) kino's line of buster keaton blu-rays is largely exceptional, offering both his short films and features in impressive high-def presentations that mostly overcome their age and highly variable condition of the source elements.
I'm excited to finish up the buster keaton centennial extravaganza in the same way that i started it back in march: with a big ol' research project today i come to the last entry in my series of posts about buster's start in cinema, with my thoughts on the release of a country hero. Tweet peter bogdanovich is a sensible candidate to direct the great buster, a documentary about legendary actor-director buster keaton, because he's an actor-director himself, and has always kept one foot in film history and the other in filmmaking.
Buster keaton's the general posted on february 14, 2011 by cliff burns for the second straight year, my wife and i attended silence is golden , sponsored by the roxy theater and the riversdale improvement district, in collaboration with the saskatoon symphony orchestra. For our 100th reviews round-up, we present the artist, the circus and buster keaton's spoof of '30s musicals to mark the centenary, i also seem to have taken up swearing, for which i can only blinking apologise. American war hero gen george patton is the subject of this award-winning film that cleaned up at the oscars in 1971—with statues going to the film for best picture, best director, best. 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.