Buster Keaton: the joys of silent comedy

Buster Keaton: the joys of silent comedy

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I am a huge Buster Keaton fan as I simply adore his work so much as it is one of the biggest joys for me to watch his work on screen as he simply is a wonderful act to watch on screen. I would say he ranks among the best of comedy legends all time to my eyes. Buster kreaton is simply one of the true founders of modern comedy. He is simply a marvelous legend that may be one of the best of silent comedy legends all time throughout his cinematic career, Buster Keaton was never particularly considered to be a producer of films that were socially or politically engaged yet his work on the screen is bar none among the best of silent comedy before e Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. 

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Buster Kreaton: the joys of silent comedy

The General review

The General is a roller coaster ride of laughter.  The General was a critical & commercial failure during its time of release but is now considered as one of the greatest films ever made. The General is Buster Keaton’s magnum opus as even if I adore Sherlock jr far more this movie. The General  manages to be so enjoyable for its whole run time  The General presents the silent star at the top of his game as it is inventive and creative with so many wonderful gags and stunts on the screen. It has many moments that are jaw dropping to watch unfold on the screen. The General is Buster Keaton’s most accomplished work as a director even if I love Sherlock jr far more then this marvelous gem. I find The General to be a marvelous classic that is truly one of his best movies he ever did on the screen that you should see today.

 

 Sherlock Jr (1924) review
One film which stands up to critical re-discovery one of Keaton’s most celebrated Sherlock Jr (1924). It’s such a wonder this movie is a joy to watch. Buster Keaton is starring in a movie about It tells the story of the ‘Boy’ played by Keaton, a lowly cinema protectionist who dreams of becoming a famous detective yet it’s the wonders it does as he dreams as it breaks some amazing new grounds here as it’s a simple story that uses using pioneering cinematic techniques that would still evoke a sense of spectacle within modern cinema. Throughout the film, Sherlock Jr plays with ideas of reality and fiction and the distinction between them. The film employs two narratives, one imagined and the other set in the film’s diegetic reality. This parallel of narratives gives Keaton the ability to offer a comedic analysis of an individual’s identification with those on-screen. Sherlock Jr should be complex given its narrative and stories nature. It’s yet a wonder its simple idea of a dream makes many of the stunts seem so possible. Keaton is given license to instill a number of ‘gags’ which would seem implausible within a narrative set in reality. The cinema theatre is a good example of this, although there are several throughout the film. In one scene Keaton appears to jump through someone to escape, in another he jumps through a window into a moving car. By staging the narrative within a dream like world, Keaton can push the cinematic boundaries further than many comedians before him. Thus, Keaton can perform tricks than astound and amaze audiences while remaining somewhat plausible as its yet such scenes that make me smile at this marvel. Sherlock Jr is a highly imaginative and inventive film comedy that explores ideas of reality and cinema through experimental film-making techniques that make it something so inventive and fresh that it stands as one of the wonders of cinema with outstanding Cinematography marks it to be a true masterpiece.
Seven Chances review

Seven chances is A nearly perfect film, and for my money the only Keaton feature that sustains the invention and exuberance of his best shorts as it does keep many of the traits of his shorts bringing them to screen.  Buster Keaton’s  Seven Chances is an amusing look at love, marriage, and money that is such a fun little gem to watch anytime.

 

Three ages review

Latching onto the massive concept that D.W. Griffith put forth in ‘Intolerance Buster Keaton makes one of the earliest spoofs by sending up Griffith with essentially with essentially a rom-com set in three periods of time.  It is so funny to watch Buster Keaton in each period of time try to win girl a form a caveman to modern day. Each setting has its highlights with the always wonderfully constructed chases that Keaton does so wonderfully well on the screen with such wonderful gags and shots that all stand out in each period of time. It’s a rollicking good time and for Buster’s first independently produced feature is truly a classic must see.

I simply adore buster kreaton because he simply could make any simple gag and many complex gags all work together as I went through his shorts and movies I found that he simply is marvelous with his timing that he manages make any gag truly stand out by his timing as he makes simple gags and many ladder gags all stand out. He is also a wonder with mechanical gags and he adored trains and other modes of transport as he would often use them in his gags and shorts and movies all of his gags were truly amazing as he did some groundbreaking work in some of his movies such as breaking fourth wall in Sherlock jr to his inventive sets and way each set and idea was done on screen as buster was truly a wonderful master of comedy that still inspires everyone today.  I hope you enjoyed my talk on his works for his tribute today for The Fourth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon today as always until next time.

BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

BUSTER KEATON joyful shorts

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I am a very huge fan of Buster Keaton. I would say i adore his work so much. He is one of the biggest joys for me to watch his work on screen as he simply is a wonderful act to watch on screen. I would say he ranks among the best of comedy legends all time to my eyes. Buster kreaton is simply one of the true founders of visual comedy and modern comedy in so many ways so to talk him is a real joy now.

The High Sign review

The high sign is one of the best buster Keaton shorts with a ton of amazing athleticism and stunts and tons of gags it really packs a punch. The gags of the high sign are wonderful to watch form its simple gags to the surreal gags. Buster Keaton creates many fun gags that all really stand out with such charm to each of them they make you crack up and laugh instantly. Most silent shorts are long on gags but short on plot but this one has his character working in pawnshop and his character climbing houses as it shows many different facets on this short. Buster Keaton packs in an awful lot of locations and characters in 19 minutes making it a very jam packed short that will bring you joy to watch anytime on the screen.  The short ends with Keaton cavorting through a tricked-out house booby-trapped and full of secret passages that shows off physicality and visual inventiveness that is truly ahead of its time in so many ways. This is a wonderful short that you will enjoy to watch anytime.

One week review

One Week is one of the most impressive short films I’ve ever watched on any screen.  The stunts are absolutely incredible from the very beginning they get bigger and bigger as the short goes along to its end. The stunt work of Buster Keaton ranges from simple stunts to complex stunts as this short show off the wonders of Buster Keaton’s stunt works on the screen. Buster Keaton and his newlywed wife are gifted a plot of land and try to build a home for themselves, but things quickly begin to go wrong when the pieces get mixed up as normal everything seems to go wrong with this newlywed couple. One week is a marvelous short that you should see today.

Convict 13 review

Convict 13 is Buster Keaton’s first directorial efforts as director.  During a game of golf, Keaton knocks himself out with his own ball and an escaped convict changes clothes with him. The guards mistake him for the prisoner. The joy of Convict 13 is the mistaking intent he plays off of trying to escape. Buster Keaton’s performance really shines in Convict 13 as he is really the king of comedy as this short comedy gem shows off all of his talents as a comic to a great effect on the screen. Convict 13 is a wonderful short you should see today.

The Goat review

Buster gets mistaken for a murderer, dodges the police, and plays around on trains in the goat. The Goat is a charming little gem with many wonderful gags and moments that makes it a must see for any fan of Buster Keaton.

The boat review

The boat is one of Buster Keaton’s best shorts in my eyes. I adore watching Buster Keaton deal with this boating trip from hell. It’s a fun family trip gone wrong with much of it the blame of the buster’s very bad luck as everything seems to happen form sinking his boat to losing it fully in a storm as he cannot ever seem to win anything in this short. The boat is one of my favorite shorts starring buster Keaton. The boat is a wonderful gem that you should see today.

The paleface review

A Buster Keaton comedy-western as it’s where Keaton defends some Native Americans from greedy oil-men. This is one fun comedy western spoof that is something is so much fun to watch on screen. Buster Keaton plays such a soft role in this short with many fun little gags and moments to watch on screen. This is a fun little western comedy gem you should see today.

cops review

I would call Cops among Buster Keaton’s short comedies is one of his most recognized and famous and with good reason as it’s truly one of his best works of comedy for the screen. Buster Keaton displays pure athletic ability, daring stunts of his own and simply hilarious comedy that all shine together on the screen. One of the most impressive things in the film for me was the ladder sequence as that is half the size of hat is half the size of the fence as like a seesaw it tips down to the other side, and whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down whilst this is happening, he turns his body around on the ladder whilst it is going down. He sees police officers coming, so he shifts his weight to the other side of the ladder, rotating his body once more causing it to tip over as gags of ladders this gag is the best of this kind of gag ever done for the screen. Another scene that stands out in cops is Keaton going down the street on his horse and carriage as a cop parade happening as he catches the bomb tossed at it and lights a cigarette with it. Cops is a truly funny and wonderful comic gem with many wonderful gags and moments that will bring you joy anytime you see them unfold on the screen making this a classic comic gem you should see today.

The Electric House review

The Electric House is another great Buster Keaton short that highlights his delight in all things mechanical on the screen.  The Electric House is probably the high point so far of Keaton using technology for laughs as he truly does such wonders with all things mechanical on the screen. The Electric House is a pure joy to watch unfold on the screen with its many wonderful moments to watch unfold on the screen. History buffs will know Keaton broke his ankle filming the escalator scene and had to put the film on hold as he dusted off an old short until the next year then re-shot everything from starch to perfection to make this gem.  The Electric House is Hilarious, inventive, unique and full of wonderful gags to watch unfold on the screen. The Electric House is a fun short gem that you will adore to watch anytime.

Why i adore buster kreaton so much

I simply adore Buster Keaton because he simply could make any simple gag and many complex gags all work together as I went through his shorts i found that he simply is marvelous with his timing that he manages make any gag truly stand out by his timing as he makes simple gags and many ladder gags all stand out. He is also a wonder with mechanical gags and he adored trains and other modes of transport as he would often use them in his gags and shorts.  He did westerns a few times that managed poke fun at the western in fun ways before western spoofs were a thing. It is truly remarkable managed do so many wonderful gags and stunts without help of anyone. I enjoyed to talk him today i hope you enjoyed my talk on some of his shorts today.

The Shop Around the Corner

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So today I talk about the The Shop Around the Corner which is directed by Ernst Lubitsch whom is such a wonderful director with many wonderful classics i adore to watch often. Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece, so often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940 as its so charming and enduring to watch on screen as today i talk about why i adore this classic so much.

The Shop Around the Corner review

Ernst Lubitsch’s charming masterpiece is often imitated and re-adapted since it appeared in 1940 on the screens as it is one of those rare films that is simply perfect form beginning to end.. Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart worked in several films together over their film history on the screen as both of them give out their finest performances ever on the screen. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan play off each other well as they are a perfect pair to watch on the screen. Frank Morgan is truly wonderful in his performance as the owner of the shop as he gives out his finest performance ever on the screen.

The Shop Around the Corner is a charming comedy gem in Ernst Lubitsch had another quiet triumph added to his credit with this lovely film as this charming little shop could be set anywhere in the world. The shop is a life microcosm with its little quiet joys and its bitter disappointments it feels very close to frank Capra in its charms you see unfold on the screen.  It is one of the sweetest and most charming of comedies all time. Everything works out perfectly in this perfect film which was often remade but never matched to same level as this marvelous classic gem.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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His girl Friday

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So today I talk about his girl Friday which is a remake of the front page. His girl Friday is directed by Howard hawks is a truly fun comedy gem. My girl Friday is simply an amazing classic movie  that i adore to watch again and again. It is now time to review this classic movie.

His girl Friday review

His girl Friday is a classic comedy classic that is directed by Howard hawks. His girl Friday is one of my favorite movies all time to watch again and again. . Cary Grant plays a wonderful performance in his girl Friday. Rosalind Russell gives out an amazing performance in his girl Friday. Cart Grant and Rosalind Russell who make a great team together on the screen. Howard hawks compositions are layered with fore and background action and depth to each of its scenes. His girl Friday is about its dialogue more than its visuals elements on the screen. It comes so fast and sharp on the screen. This is a comedy classic that you will simply adore watching unfold as it’s just so much fun to watch it unfold on the screen.

. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it the true comedy classic that you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I hope you enjoyed my talk about His girl Friday today which frankly is one amazing classic gem that I simply adored to talk about today. See you next time for another classic review soon.

 

ball of fire

I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also I review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many films of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies. It is time to talk about one of my favorite movies all time now.

Ball of fire review

Howard Hawks Ball of Fire is an urban update of the Snow-White fairy-tale with an urban twist. Ball of fire was written by Billy Wilder with Howard hawks directing this movie. It remains one of the finest screwball comedies ever put to the screen.

Ball of fire remains one of my favorite screwball comedies all time. This movie has such wonderful acting by Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. The ever wonderful Barbara Stanwyck really leads the show as Sugarpuss O’Shea who hides with them for her gangster boyfriend whom she becomes best friends to them in the end. She plays the role in a very wonderful way that really charms you to watch on the screen. Barbara Stanwyck is warming up in this movie for her acting skills are truly growing as it goes along to its ending. . Gary Cooper gives us one amazing performance for the screen.

The groups of professors are all very good supporting actors as Oskar Homolka and Henry Travers and S.Z. Sakall and Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinskey and Richard Haydn and Aubrey Mather whom I would say all give out such wonderful performances on the screen. I would say Henry Travers is among cast of the stand out character actors as he played the angel its Wonderful Life as he plays such an amazing role for this movie. I would say each of these professors are played by very wonderful character actors that each give out wonderful performances. Allen Jenkins is a garbage man seeking knowledge for pecuniary gain as he gives a very good acting   performance. The movie has very wonderful acting by everyone in its cast of talents.

Dana Andrews plays against type as a gangster in one very good performance for this amazing actor of the screen as he as the gangster boyfriend of Sugarpuss O’Shea for this movie. Mary Field as Miss Totten, the daughter of the wealthy inventor who created the foundation really gives a good performance in her role. The whole of supporting cast of many great acting legends all give such wonderful performances.

Ball of Fire is one amazing classic that you should see today.

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Trouble in Paradise

Screwball gems INTRODUCTION 

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I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also I review many noir classics and talk about Hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many films of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies. Its time to talk these classics for my new theme for this month of the month called screwball gems. Today I review Trouble in Paradise (1932) for the start of my themed month of reviews.

Trouble in Paradise (1932) review

This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones are very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works. Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama.

Lubitsch was best known for what we call the Lubitsch touch is a subtitle way of referencing sexual shenanigans that his characters do upon the screen. Lubitsch’s Magnum Opus faced controversy three years after its initial release because of the conservatism of the Production Code. This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex which is more open in sex that feels modern. . The movie is tamer than his other film design for a living for its sexual tone on the screen. It’s a spellbinding comedy classic about a a suave jewel thief (Herbert Marshall) falling in love with his intended victim (luminous Kay Francis) much to the displeasure of his girlfriend (Miriam Hopkins) whom all give out wonderful performances in their respective roles for the screen. . Kay Francis steals this film as she truly shines in her wonderful role that is hard to do with Miriam Hopkins. She is exquisite and enchanting and absolutely charming. Miriam Hopkins gets the better comedic lines and the guy even if lesser then Kay she still gives out a marvelous performance. Herbert Marshall shows an unexpected flair for light comedy while Charlie Ruggles and the ubiquitous Edward Everett Horton provide their usual first class supporting roles that that truly shine in their performances on the screen. Ernst Lubitsch crafts out a masterpiece of early comedy that truly shines in every manner making it a must see comedy classic for all time.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Ella Cinders

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The theme for august is silents are golden as i begin to explore the many facets of what makes silent movies magical.  Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive as silent movies are often overlooked by movie lovers as they forget about these golden classics. Its a shame as many of these movies are wonderful tales that tell diffrent takes on the classic stories and many orginal ideas that shine brightly. Movie magic does not need to talk to be magical as silents are golden in this month’s theme.  So i begin with a delightful look upon a new twist on the classic  Cinderella story.

Ella Cinders review

Cinderella is one of those stories that often is retold on the screen to many different takes on the classic tale. Cinderella has been performed set in hundreds of times and places as this version takes us on the Hollywood dream of the tale. Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood to be a star.
ELLA CINDERS (First National, 1926) a John McCormick production, directed by Alfred E. Green is a star vehicle for Colleen Moore, a popular silent screen flapper of the 1920s in one of her more notable comedies of her career that has become forgotten through the passage of time. It’s a Hollywood story taken from both comic strip character and Cinderella fairy tale, and reminiscent to Mabel Normand performance in THE EXTRA GIRL (1923).  Ella Cinders is based on a comic strip (or, as the main title has it, “comedy strip”) of the same name that started appearing only the year before the film version was made.

Colleen Moore is brilliant as Ella, funny, warm, beautiful, vivacious. The scene when she finds she has won the contest will move you to tears. Colleen Moore’s performance as Ella Cinders is truly what makes this movie click as Coleen makes the movie a riot with her comedic talent that really seems to match with many other great comedy legends.  Colleen Moore was the real revelation of the picture for me as she carries the story with her delightful charm. This movie mocks Hollywood as its ironic it mocks as it’s basically the Hollywood dream tale it is spoofing.
This silent classic has Terrific trick photography with the delightful Colleen Moore’s performance and Harry Langdon, and even director Alfred E. Green making an appearance with the  comedic charms of Colleen Moore make this silent movie classic a delightful comedy classic you can enjoy anytime.

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