Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The 2017 Buster Keaton Blogathon



Late, but not TOO late I mention that today is the last day of the 2017 Buster Keaton Blogathon, hosted by historian and writer Lea Stans of the excellent Silentology blog. Buster's silver screen debut was in The Butcher Boy (1917), the first of Roscoe Arbuckle's Comique series. Arbuckle enjoyed his work behind the camera almost as much as he enjoyed taking epic pratfalls in front of it, and was more than happy to show the neophyte Buster how a 35mm movie camera worked and what producing and directing films entailed.



After Roscoe Arbuckle signed a contract with Paramount Pictures to appear exclusively in features, Buster inherited the former Keystone Comedies star's studio and key elements of his production crew and begin creating a historic series of short subjects, soon to be followed by epic features.

This blogger happily participated in the First Buster Blogathon with Parlor, Bedroom And Bath, a.k.a. Buster Does Farce and sincerely hopes he will have something to contribute to next year's blogathon.



The Third Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon features contributions by a slew of very good good writers. The roster is as follows:



Big Riot V Squad: Buster Keaton - From Stage to Screen

Caftan Woman - Three Books About Buster

Century Film Project: Oh Doctor!

Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews: Our Hospitality

Christina Wehner: The Joy of Discovering Buster Keaton

Critica Retro: Review of My Wonderful World of Slapstick

Finding Nelson Evans: Keaton’s Leading Ladies in Pictures

The Fyuzhe: On Buster’s Television Work

Grace Kingsley’s Hollywood: An Early Keaton Fan: Grace Kingsley

Hometowns to Hollywood: Buster’s Hometown of Piqua, Kansas

Life Lessons - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Little Bits of Classics: Chaplin and Keaton: Two Friends in the Limelight

The Lonely Critic: The Navigator

The Midnite Drive-In: Twilight Zone episode “Once Upon a Time”

MovieMovieBlogBlog: For the Love of Buster Keaton

An Ode to Dust - Buster Keaton Graphic Novel Project

Popcorn Optional: Buster Keaton: A Wonderful World of Slapstick

Prince of Hollywood - 100 Years of Buster Keaton: The First Films of a Comedy Legend

The Scribe Files: Buster, Italian Style (or "Due Marines e un Maestro")

Senseless Cinema: The Haunted Worlds of Buster Keaton

Silent Locations: Amazing New Keaton Discoveries">My Wife’s Relations

Silentology - Analyzing The Molasses Scene From The Butcher Boy

Silver Screenings: Steamboat Bill, Jr., Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life

Special Purpose Movie Blog - The General: Factual or Fictional?

Welcome To My Magick Theatre: Buster Goes to College

The Wonderful World of Cinema: My First Time With Buster Keaton


Enjoying reading the entries in The Third Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon - nice work, all of you!

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