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Buster Keaton: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers) Paperback – May 17, 2007
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- Includes interviews with such luminaries as Studs Terkel, Rex Reed, Penelope Gilliat, and a long interview with film scholar Kevin Brownlow
- Includes interviews from 1921 to 1965, covering the breadth of Keaton's career
- Features a French interview that has never before appeared in English
- Expands the Conversations with Filmmakers Series --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Editor Kevin Sweeney has collected sixteen interviews with Keaton, ranging from 1921 through October of 1965, just months before the comedian's death. They vary in quality, depending on who's doing the interviewing. The first three interviews, from the early '20s, are interesting time capsules, providing a fan magazine perception of Keaton during the prime of his career. The remainder of interviews are from the '50s and '60s, catching Keaton at home and abroad, between stage shows, movie and television gigs, and festivals. The weakest of them is from Penelope Gilliat, who strains to create an image of a pathetic, sickly old man living in reduced circumstances (a popular anti-Hollywood angle then, and one that Stan Laurel was frequently subjected to). But even in that interview, Buster emerges as a man with fewer regrets about his own career than the fate of film comedy in general. "They have too many people working on pictures now, you know," he complains to Gilliat, echoing previous Keaton complaints about "too many cooks" stealing the spontaneity from his comedies in the sound era.
Keaton regarded himself as a comedy craftsman. He was proud of the sequences that worked and openly (and perceptively) critical of gags and whole movies that didn't work.Read more ›
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This is an indispensable book if you love Buster Keaton. These interviews capture the character of the wonderful one-of-a-kind comedian, even more than his ghost-penned... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thom Mark Shepard
A rare treat, a Silent comedian in his own words. And all the rarer for this is one of the shyest and introverted people to come out of Hollywood, great Buster Keaton. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. Spooky