Buster Keaton in His Own Time
What the Responses of 1920s Critics Reveal
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About the Book
Buster Keaton “can impress a weary world with the vitally important fact that life, after all, is a foolishly inconsequential affair,” wrote critic Robert Sherwood in 1918. A century later Keaton, with his darkly comic “theater of the absurd,” speaks to modern audiences like no other silent comedian.
Drawing on film reviews of the day, this book explores the enduring appeal and legacy of his features of the 1920s. Keaton as actor and auteur is contrasted with his eminent contemporaries—Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon.
About the Author(s)
Wes D. Gehring
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
Book Reviews & Awards
“Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship”—Choice.