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Buster Keaton

The Persistence of Comedy
Smith, Imogen Sara (Book - 2008)
Buster Keaton
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In vaudeville at four, at the peak of his fame while still in his twenties, Keaton was one of the most dazzling and enigmatic of the silent clowns. Examine his life and work on both side of the camera, explore controversies and unresolved questions, and ponder just why Keaton continues to fascinate us.
Authors: Smith, Imogen Sara
Statement of Responsibility: Imogen Sara Smith
Title: Buster Keaton
the persistence of comedy
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Gambit Publishing, c2008
Characteristics: 279 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Notes: Autographed by the author
Bibliography: Bibliography: p. 273-274
Contents: Frozen fire : the face of serious comedy
A favorable hurricane : rewards and scares from a knockabout upbringing
Primitives at play : Arbuckle's apprentice
A garden at the moment of blooming : the birth of a style in the Keaton Studio
Gentleman of comedy : fantasy vs. realism, on both sides of the screen
Breathing props : Buster, brides and bricks
The eye of the storm : the art of understatement
Keaton's kennel : decline and fall at MGM
An artist in exile : a silent clown in a world of sound
Beyond category : Keaton's critical afterlife
Summary: In vaudeville at four, at the peak of his fame while still in his twenties, Keaton was one of the most dazzling and enigmatic of the silent clowns. Examine his life and work on both side of the camera, explore controversies and unresolved questions, and ponder just why Keaton continues to fascinate us.
Subject Headings: Silent films History and criticism Comedians United States Biography Motion picture actors and actresses United States Biography Keaton, Buster, 1895-1966
Topical Term: Silent films
Comedians
Motion picture actors and actresses
Alternate Title: Persistence of comedy
ISBN: 0967591740
9780967591742
Research Call Number: MWES (Keaton, B.) 08-7046
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