The Circus (1928) Director: Sir Charles Chaplin ★★★★★ The Circus is a wonderful film filled with humor and melancholy. It is quite possibly my favorite Chaplin film, and one of the great films of the 1920s that is an enduring example of the importance of the silent era. The Circus is a delightful film, reprising … Continue reading The Circus
9/5/2016 The Navigator (1924) Director: Buster Keaton and Donald Crisp ★★★★☆ The Navigator is another delightful and important silent film directed by Buster Keaton. It is prescient in a number of ways, including foreshadowing the work of Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times with the contemplation of man in his unnatural habitat filled with confusing and anxiety-ridden machinery. This film, … Continue reading The Navigator
8/27/16 Our Hospitality (1923) Director: Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton and John G. Blystone ★★★★★ Buster Keaton delivers a delightful film with Our Hospitality -the second of his ten brilliant films under Buster Keaton Productions. It is more sentimental than some of his other later films, such as The General or Sherlock, Jr. The vast luxury of rural southern … Continue reading Our Hospitality
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) Director: Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton ★★★★☆ Steamboat Bill Jr. was the last of Buster Keaton’s 9 independent films made for Joseph Schenck and it was the last big comedic film of the silent era. His independent feature films for Schenck included: Three Ages (1923) Our Hospitality (1923) Sherlock Jr. (1924) The Navigator (1924) Seven … Continue reading Steamboat Bill Jr.
Buster Keaton was born into a family of vaudeville performers in Kansas , and was also named the sixth Joseph in a long line of family members named Joseph. In later life, Keaton would tell a story of how he recieved the nickname “Buster.” One day while tumbling in his family’s vaudeville act, Harry Houdini was … Continue reading Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton
8/24/14 Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Director: Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton ★★★★★ Buster Keaton is the master of cinematic comedy and Sherlock Jr is by far one of his best films. Not only does it bring the audience to uproarious laughter, but also the meta-textual ingenuity laden throughout the film’s concept of a theatre projectionist who dreams … Continue reading Sherlock, Jr.