Sunday, February 01, 2015

Silent-ology Presents - At Long Last - A Buster Keaton Blogathon

On February 1, 1966, Buster Keaton passed away. On February 8-9, 2015, a blogathon shall celebrate the cinema immortal's memory.Film historian and writer Lea Stans of Silent-ology is hosting the first Buster Keaton Blogathon and this correspondent, classic comedy buff and enthusiastic "Buster Booster" is happy to be among those participating.

Joseph Frank Keaton, born on October 4, 1895, was not merely among the greatest of movie and stage comedians, a remarkable acrobat/stuntman and a surprisingly good character actor. He was also a brilliant filmmaker, director, writer, editor, cameraman, special effects designer and a gifted engineer! Almost 50 years after his death, there is still only one individual in the history of motion pictures who mastered ALL OF THE ABOVE: Buster Keaton.

Even at the low point of his professional and personal life, starring in big budget feature films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or headlining 2-reelers made for miniscule budgets in the latter 1930's and early 1940's, Buster could - and did - continue to make magic onscreen (too bad Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg said no to Keaton's idea of co-starring in an all-star spoof of Grand Hotel with, among others, the two fellows pictured below).

Buster, long after directing his last movie, would carry that magic well into the television era.

The Buster Keaton Blogathon lineup:

Big V Riot Squad | The Keaton family in vaudeville

BOOKSTEVE’S LIBRARY | Early 1960's T.V. appearances

Caftan Woman | Neighbors

Critica Retro | Speak Easily

Girls Do Film | Keaton’s development as a screen artist in his 1917-1923 shorts.

In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The Navigator

Lone Wolf Says |Cops

Margaret Perry | Keaton’s career after the silents

Marty Jones | The origin of the name “Buster”

Mildred’s Fatburgers | The Cook

Moon in Gemini | Twilight Zone episode “Once Upon a Time”

MovieFanFare | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

MovieMovieBlogBlog | Sherlock Jr.

Movies Silently | Contemporary views on Keaton films compared to 1920s reviews

My Classic Movies | The Villain Still Pursued Her

Mythical Monkey | Keaton in Arbuckle's Comique films

Nitrate Glow | Our Hospitality

Once Upon a Screen | What! No Beer?

Public Transportation Snob | Daydreams

Second Sight Cinema | The General

Silent-ology | A Country Hero

Silents, Please! | One Week

Silver Screenings | Go West

Sister Celluloid | Childhood memories of Buster’s films

Special Purpose Movie Blog | The Awakening T.V. episode

Way Too Damn Lazy To Write A Blog | Parlor, Bedroom and Bath

Wide Screen World | Steamboat Bill Jr.

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest | Sunset Blvd. and In The Good Old Summertime

Wonderful World Of Cinema | Free And Easy

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