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Buster Keaton in His Own Time: What the Responses of 1920s Critics Reveal
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Wes D. Gehring
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Buster Keaton in His Own Time: What the Responses of 1920s Critics Reveal

Wes D. Gehring


McFarland & Co Inc

Theatre: individual actors & directors;
Film, TV & Radio;
Film theory & criticism;
Film & movie: styles & genres


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If you thought you knew Buster Keaton's silent features, think again. By keying on 1920 period texts one sees how a popular but yet cult star (yes cult star ) is now on a par with Charlie Chaplin. Why? Because his dark comedy anticipation of the Theater of the Absurd speaks to a modern audience like no other silent comedian. Only one Jazz Age critic, Robert Sherwood, seemed to understand why he was ahead of his time: ...he can impress a weary world with the vitally important fact that life, after all, is a foolishly inconsequential affair. Take a look at why The General was a groundbreaking dark comedy but not Keaton's greatest film. Plus, discover why this inspired film really failed in the nineteen twenties. Amazing new period discoveries are also showcased about Sherlock, Jr. Read the revisionist case for The Navigator being the Keaton film. Plus, discover why James Agee's groundbreaking Comedies Greatest Era should really have keyed on Chaplin and Keaton. Explore why one of Keaton's period nicknames was Zero, or why Go West can be seriously mentioned in the same sentence with Krazy Kat and and Edward Albee. If you love silent comedy-if you thought you knew silent comedy-here is the text to reconfigure your understanding of Keaton and nineteen twenties comedy. Don't miss out.

By:   Wes D. Gehring
Imprint:   McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 9mm
ISBN:   9781476666808
ISBN 10:   1476666806
Pages:   177
Publication Date:   April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wes D. Gehring is a distinguished professor of film at Ball State University and associate media editor for USA Today magazine, for which he also writes the column Reel World. He is the author of 36 film-related books, including award-winning biographies of James Dean, Carole Lombard, Steve McQueen, Robert Wise, Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin.

Gehring remains supreme in film comedy scholarship --Choice.

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