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The Cameraman shows obvious and unfortunate signs of MGM's insistence that Keaton, long accustomed to improvising scenes, conform to prepared shooting scripts. But it is less stifling than the second feature (Keaton's last silent movie) in this set, the 1929 Spite Marriage, a slight farce about a pants-presser (Keaton) who borrows his customers' fine threads to attend the theatre every night. There he worships an actress (Dorothy Sebastian) so furious with her caddish lover and co-star (Edward Earle) that she asks Keaton to marry her. The predictable results are unworthy of a Keaton film, but he does shine in several hilarious sequences, such as a disastrous turn as a bit player in his soon-to-be-wife's stage dramas. Finally, 1930's Free and Easy, Keaton's talkie debut, is a garish MGM valentine to itself, trotting out celebrity actors and directors (Lionel Barrymore, Cecil B. DeMille, Fred Niblo) in a wooden story set on a movie lot. But while Keaton struggles with dialogue and a script that frequently sidelines him, he has many good moments causing havoc on film sets. --Tom Keogh
For me, Buster Keaton was the best of the silent clowns.
Keaton's approach to the silent film camera was brilliantly original; he might have had a few things to contribute to the sound era as well.
Buster Keaton is one of my favorite film comedians, creating some of the funniest films I have ever seen.
Very good DVD. All movies were good quality for the time. The Cameraman was the best movie of the lot. Worth buying for that one alone. Read morePublished 13 days ago by John Gutman
The name of Buster Keaton is regarded as one of the greatest silent comedians. The three films in this set are ample reasons for his fame. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jerome H. Rubin
3 fine representive films at MGM. 2 superb silents. Excellent commentary on both silent films by Keaton Historian experts. Both films are well preserved considering their age. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert M. Jensen
Great gift for some of my older friends =) They said it brought back wonderful memories of the past. Great sellerPublished 12 months ago by Jorge
I LOVE this collection. The cameraman and Spite Marriage are among my favorite Keaton films, but the packaging is excellent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sandra K. Keffer
I purchased the item for a friend of mine and my friend loved it and said that is very satisfiedPublished 24 months ago by Adnor Pitanga
As a huge Buster Keaton fan, this collection is fantastic - his last 2 silents plus his first talkie, plus a short documentary on his years at MGM. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by BeccaW