Monday, March 15, 2010

Buster Keaton Interviews

He was among the greatest of movie and vaudeville comedians, as well as an actor, producer, director, writer, editor, daredevil stuntman, tumbler and acrobat. But there's more - he also made his mark as a gifted engineer and special effects designer! Now it's 2010 and there's still only one person in the history of motion pictures who personifies all of those talents: the incomparable Buster Keaton. Fortunately and luckily for us film buffs, Buster outlived many of his contemporaries long enough to be interviewed several times.

From Columbia University's Oral History Research Office, here are more interviews with Buster Keaton, conducted in 1958. You can listen to and/or read the transcript of Buster reminiscing about his years in vaudeville and film.

Part 1
Buster Keaton's Vaudeville Childhood

Part 2
Fatty Arbuckle Puts Buster Keaton In The Movies

Part 3
Buster Keaton On Making Movies

Part 4
Buster Keaton On The End of Silent Films

Here are two more interviews (note: these are Windows Media files, which will only open on your Mac if you have the appropriate plug-in software):
  1. CBS interview, broadcast on April 17, 1964: posted on Hollywood Or Blog
  2. CBC Interview

I extend
big time thanks and a tip of the Jimmie Hatlo hat to Silent Comedy Mafia don (Northern California division) Paul J. Mular for sending these links!

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